from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of fox.
  • n. The discolouration of printed material with brown marks

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An extra or ornamental surface of skin or leather over the upper of a shoe.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • Spots and browning sometimes seen on old books and documents. The name is believed to derive from the foxlike reddish-brown color of the spots.

    I've also discovered that this word (as a verb) refers to beer that turns sour while fermenting. Yuck.

    February 21, 2007