Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, any porous substance capable of absorbing and retaining contagion.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] In mycology, a subgenus of Polyporus, or, according to some authors, a genus of Polyporei, composed of perennial indurated species.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. genus of bracket fungi forming corky or woody perennial shelflike sporophores often of large size; includes some that cause destructive heartrot in trees

Etymologies

Latin fomes, touch-wood, tinder. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the lessening of the fomes, which is the law of sin, is set down as an effect not of this sacrament, but rather of Baptism.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • And although the grace of her sanctification contributed to this effect, yet it did not suffice; for otherwise the result of her sanctification would have been to render impossible in her any sensual movement not preceded by an act of reason, and thus she would not have had the fomes, which is contrary to what we have said above (A. 3).

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • Virgin Mother's or anyone else's flesh should be without the fomes, which is called "the law of the flesh" or "of the members" (Rom.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • Unlike the latter, the Rhizophoraceae are of only minor importance and the dominant species are sundri Heritiera fomes, from which the Sundarbans takes its name, and gewa Excoecaria agallocha.

    Sundarbans, Bangladesh

  • I am verrah ecksited to have him comin to my plase next week insted of pore Simon gettin so upset he fomes at teh mowth an soyls himself in teh carryur!

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  • The Council of Trent lays down the doctrine of the Church with great clearness, in the following words: This holy synod confesses that concupiscence of the fuel of sin fomes peccati remains in the baptized; but since it is left that they may strive against it, it cannot hurt those who give no consent, but resist manfully by the grace of Jesus Christ; nay, more, he who strives lawfully will be crowned.

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  • Heritiera fomes is scattered over areas of higher elevation, along with keora Sonneratia apetala, gengwa Excoecaria agallocha, dhundul Carapa obovata and the date palm or hental Phoenix paludosa.

    Sundarbans National Park, India

  • The entire mangrove forest extends over an area of 4,262 km2, of which 2,320 km2 is forest and the rest is water, and is called Sundarban owing to the dominance of the tree species Heritiera fomes, locally known as 'sundari' because of its elegance.

    Sundarbans National Park, India

  • In the Sundarbans, the mangrove forests are characterized by Heritiera fomes, a species valued for its timber.

    Sundarbans mangroves

  • Named after the dominant mangrove species Heritiera fomes, locally known as sundri, this is the only mangrove ecoregion that harbors the Indo-Pacific region's largest predator, the tiger (Panthera tigris).

    Sundarbans mangroves

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