Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dried up as by fire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Injured as by fire; burned; -- said of manure which has lost its goodness and acquired an ashy hue in consequence of heat generated by decomposition.

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  • adjective Injured as by fire; burned; said of manure which has lost its goodness and acquired an ashy hue because of the heat generated by decomposition.

Etymologies

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fire + fanged seized.

Examples

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  • "Injured as by fire; burned; -- said of manure which has lost its goodness and acquired an ashy hue in consequence of heat generated by decomposition."

    - GNU Webster's 1913

    August 11, 2010

  • "Manure which has lost its goodness" is not a phrase you hear often.

    August 14, 2010

  • Sounds like pish anyway ... what's a dictionary doing offering gardening advice?

    August 14, 2010

  • (adjective) - (1) Fire-bitten. Spoken of oatmeal &c. that is overdried.

    --Francis Grose's Glossary of Provincial and Local Words, 1811

    (2) Burnt, overheated, dried; fire-fangitness, the state of being overheated, burnt.

    --Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1898-1905

    (3) Cheese is said to be firefangit when it is swelled and cracked, and has received a peculiar taste in consequence of being exposed to much heat before it has been dried.

    --John Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, 1808

    January 17, 2018