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and the top of the root cut off transversely; it is

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Pig. 3. then screened again from the sun for forty-eight hours, when the juice it exudes is scraped off, and exposed to the sun to harden. A 'second transverse section of the root is made, and the exudation suffered to continue for forty-eight hours, and then scraped off. In this manner it is eight times repeatedly collected in a period of six weeks. The juice thus obtained has a bitter, acrid, pungent taste, and is well known by its

Fesse Point, is the exact centre of the especuliar nauseous smell, the strength of which cutcheon. See Point. is the surest test of its goodness. This odor is

FESTER, v. n. Sax. etter, an ulcer; Bav. extremely volatile, and of course the drug loses fesse, a swelling corrupted, says Junius; Teut. much of its efficacy by keeping. It is brought eissr; Goth.eiter ; from Goth. festeen, to putrefy:to us in large irregular masses, composed of Minsheu. To rankle; become virulent or corvarious little shining lumps, or grains, which are rupt. partly of a .whitish color, partly reddish, and But yet the cause and root of all his ill, partly of a violet hue. Those masses are ac

Inward corruption and infected sin, counted the best which are clear, of a pale reddish

Not purged nor healed, behind remained still, color, and variegated with a great number of

And festring sore did ranckle yett within, elegant white tears.

Close creeping twixt the marrow and the skin. FESCENNIA, or FESCENNIUM, in ancient

Spenser's Faerie Queene.

How should our festered sores be cured? Hooker. geography, a town of Etruria, above Falerii, near

I have soine wounds upon me, and they smart, the Tiber, where the Fescennine verses were first To hear themselves remembered. invented : now called Galese.

-Well might they fester 'gainst ingratitude, FESCENNINE VERSES, in Roman antiquity, And tent themselves with death. were a kind of satirical verses, full of wanton

Shakspeare. Coriolanus. and obscene expressions, sung or rehearsed by There was imagination, that between a knight the company, with many indecent gestures and wbom the duke had taken into some good degree of dances, at the solemnisation of a marriage (Hor. favour, and Pelton, there had been ancient quarrels ep. i. lib. v. 145). The word is borrowed, ac

not yet well healed, which might perhaps be festering cording to Macrobius, from fascinum, a charm;

in his breast, and by a certain inflammation produce this effect.

Wotton. the people supposing songs proper to drive away witches, or prevent their effect; but its more

I mighi, even in my lady's presence, discover the probable origin is from Fescennia.

sore which had deeply festered within me. Sidney.

Passion and unkindness may give a wound that FEʻSCUE, n. s. Fr. festu ; Dut. veese. A shall bleed and smart; but it is treachery that makes small wire by which those who teach to read it fester.

South. point out the letters.

When thus a squadron or an army yields, Why mought not he, as well as others done,

And festering carnage loads the waves or fields.

Darwin. Rise from his fescue to his Littleton.

Not Virtue's self, when Heaven its aid denies,
Bp. Hall's Satires.

Can brace the loosened nerves, or warm the heart; Teach bim an alphabet upon his fingers, making the Not Virtue's self can still the burst of sighs, points of his fingers of his left hand, both on the inside, When festers in the soul Misfortune's dart. to signify some letter, when any of them is pointed at

Beattie. by the fore-finger of the right hand, or by any kind of FESTI Die, in Roman antiquity, certain fescue.

Holder.

days in the year, devoted to the honor of the Teach them how manly passions ought to move ; gods. Numa, when he distributed the year into For such as cannot think, can never love ;

twelve months, divided the days into dies festi, And since they needs will judge the poet's art,

dies profesti, and dies intercisi.

The festi again Point 'em with fescues to each shining part. Dryden.

were subdivided into sacrifices, banquets, games, FE'SELS, n.s. Fr. faseole ; Ital. fagiulo; Lat. and feriæ. See Ferix. The profesti were those phaseolus. A kind of base grain.

days allowed for the administration of affairs, Disdain not fesele or poor vech to sow,

whether of a public or private nature: these

were divided into fasti, comitiales, &c. See Or care to make Egyptian lentils thrive. May.

COMITIALES, Fasti, &c. The intercisi were FESSE, in heraldry, an honorable ordinary, days common both to gods and men, some parts possessing the third and middle part of the of which were allotted to the service of the one, field horizontally. It is supposed to be a belt and some to that of the other. of honor given as a reward by kings, &c., for

FESTINATE, adj. 2 Lat. festinatus. Hasty; services in the army. See fig. 1. argent, a fesse Fes'TINATELY, adv. gules, name Wilkins. A fesse is often borne FestiNA'TION, n. s.

shurried. Not in use. couped or cut off as it were from the two sides

Advise the duke, where you are going, to a most as fig. 2. Sable, a fesse couped or between two festinate preparation : we are bound to the like. swords pointing upwards and downwards.

Shakspeare. King Lear. Party per fess, is when a shield is parted across

Take this key; give enlargement to the swain, and the middle or lesse part as fig. 3; partly per fesse bring him festinately hither.

Shakspeare. dancette, or and azure, two mullets counter- Lay bands on him with all festination. changed, name Doubleday.

Preston (1561), Vol. IX.

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to men.

FESTIVAL, adj.& n. s. Fr. (old) festival; With all its sinful doings, I must say
Fes'tal, adj.

Lat. festivus. Per- That Italy's a pleasant place to me,
Festive,

taining to a feast; Who love to see the sun shine every day, FESTIV'ITY, n. s. joyous : hence, as a

And vines (not nailed to walls) from tree to tree substantive, the time of a feast ; which festivity Festooned, much like the back scene of a play. also signifies, as well as gaiety, generally; joyful

Byron. ness : festive is joyous; gay; befitting a feast. Festions are now chiefly used in friezes, and So tedious is this day,

other vacant places which want to be filled up As is the night before some festival,

and adorned; in imitation of the long clusters To an impatient child that hath new robes, of flowers, which the ancients placed on the And may not wear them.

doors of their temples and houses on festival ocShakspeare. Romeo and Juliet. casions. To some persons there is no better instrument to FESTUCA, fescue, in botany, a genus of the cause the remembrance, and to endear the affection digynia order, and triandria class of plants: nato the article, than the recommending it by festivity tural order thirty-fourth, gramina : Cal. bivalved; and joy of a holy-day.

Tuylor. the spicula or partial spike oblong and a little The morning trumpets festivals proclaimed roundish, with the glumes acuminated. There Through each high street. Milton's Agonistes. True festivity is called salt; and such it should be, in; are the most remarkably useful :

are twenty-seven species; of which the followgiving a smart, but savoury relish to discourse ; ex

1. F. fuitans, floating fescue, so called from citing an appetite, not irritating disgust. Barrow.

its growing in wet ditches and ponds, is remarkThe daughter of Jephtha came to be worshipped as

able for the uses made of its seeds, which are a deity, and had an annual festivity observed unto her honour.

Browne.

small, but very sweet and nourishing. They are There happening a great and solemn festivity, such collected in several parts of Germany and Poland, as the sheep-shearings used to be, David condescends under the name of manna seeds; and are used to beg of a rich man some small repast. Suuth. at the tables of the great, in soups and gruels, on He appeared at great tables, and festival enter

account of their nutritious quality and grateful tainments, that he might manifest bis divine charity flavor. When ground to meal, they make bread

Atterbury.

very little inferior to that in common use. The The Jestival of our Lord's resurrection we have ce- bran, separated in preparing the meal, is given lebrated, and may now consider the chief conse- to horses as a vermifuge. Geese are also very quences of his resurrection, a judgment to come. fond of these seeds. Mr. Lightfoot recommends

Id. Sermons.

this as a proper grass to be sown in wet meaFollow, ye nymphs and shepherds all,

dows. Come celebrate this festival,

2. F. ovina, sheep's fescue grass,' says Dr. And merrily sing and sport, and play;

Anderson, is much praised by the Swedish na'Tis Oriana's nuptial day.

Granville.

turalists for its singular value as a pasture-grass By sacrifice of the tongues they purged away whatever they had spoken amiss during the festival.

for sheep; this animal being represented as Broome on the Odyssey.

fonder of it than of any other grass, and fattening The glad circle round them yield their souls upon it more quickly than on any other kind of To festive mirth and wit that knows no gall.

food whatever. And indeed, the general ap

Thomson. pearance of the plant, and its peculiar manner His theology forms the most considerable part of of growth, seems very much to favor the achis writings. He wrote comments upon almost the counts that have been given us of it. This plant whole Scripture, and several Homilies on the princi- is of the same family with the rubra, and agrees pal Festivals of the Church.

Burke.

with it in several respects; although they may be Echoed the vale with many a cheerful note; easily distinguished from one another. Its

The lowing of the herds resounding long, leaves, in its natural state, are always rounded, The shrilling pipe, and mellow horn remote,

but much smaller ; being little bigger than large And social clamours of the festive throng.

horse-hairs, or swine's bristles, and seldom ex

Beatlie. Drunkenness is a social festive vice. The drinker ceeding six or seven inches in length. But these collects his circle; the circle naturally spreads : of spring out of the root in tufts, so close upon one those who are drawn within it, many become the another, that they resemble, in this respect, a corrupters and centres of sets and circles of their own; close hair-brush more than any thing else I every one countenancing, and perhaps emulating the know; so that it would seem naturally adapted rest, till a whole neighbourhood be infected from the to form that thick short pile of grass in which contagion of a single example.

Paley. sheep are known chiefly to delight. Its flowerBlue as the garters which serenely lie stalks are numerous, and sometimes attain the Round the patrician left-legs, which adorn

height of two feet; but are more usually about The festal midnight, and the levee morn. twelve or fifteen inches high. Upon gathering

Byron.

the seeds of this plant, and sowing them, it was FESTOON', n. s. Fr. feston ; Ital. festone; found that they sprung up as quickly as any a wreath; from Lat. festum, festivum ; from its other kind of grass; but the leaves are at first being an ornament worn at festivals.-(Skin- no bigger than a human hair. From each side ner). “An ornament of carved work in the form spring up one or two of these hair-like filaments, of a wreath or garland of flowers, or leaves that in a short time send out new off-sets, so as twisted together, thickest at the middle, and sus- quickly to form a sort of tuft, which grows larger pended by the two extremes, whence it hangs and larger, till it at length attains a very large down perpendicularly. Harris).

size, or till all the intervals are closed up, and then it forms the closest pile of grass that it is food. It has also been remarked, that this grass possible to imaginc. In April and May it rises as early in the spring as rye-yrass; and pushed forth an innumerable quantity of flower- continues green for the greatest part of winter, stalks, that afforded an immense quantity of hay; which the other does not. it being so close throughout, that the scythe could FESTUCINE, adj. I . . Strawscarcely penetrate it. This was allowed to stand Fes'tucous.

} color, between green

and till the seeds ripened; but the bottom of the yellow: formed of straw. stalks were quite blanched, and almost rotten Therein may be discovered a little insect of a fesfor want of air before that time. It is found in tucine or pale green, resembling a locust or grass. poor barren soils, where hardly any other plant hopper.

Browne. can be made to grow at all; and on the surface We speak of straws, or festucous divisions, lighily

drawn over with oil. of dry worn out peat moss, where no moisture

Id. Vulgar Errours. remains sufficient to support any plant whatever ;

FET, v. a. & n. s.

Sax. feccan, n ebut in neither of these situations does it thrive ;

Fetch, v. a., v. n. & n. s. ) tan; Swed. fatta; as it is there only a weak and unsightly plant, Goth. fa; Dan. fatte; Belg. vatten. Fet is our very unlike what it is when it has the good for- old word for fetch. To go and bring; hence to tune to be established upon a good soil; although derive; to reach to, or at; obtain as a price; 10 it is seldomer met with in this last state than in bring out; to bring within a particular line or the former.

compass; to perform : as a verb neuter, to move 3. F. rubra, red or purple fescue grass. Dr. round quickly: a set or fetch is a something Anderson gives the following character of this fetched; a trick or stratagem, i. e. something perspecies :- It retains its verdure much better formed in an indirect or circuitous way. than rye-grass during the winter season. It

Go to the finck, and fetch me from thence two good

kids of the goats. likewise rises in the spring, as early as rye-grass.'

Gencsis. • Although this grass is very often found in old

We will take men to fetch victuals for the people.

Judger. pastures, yet as it has but few flower stalks, and

And they fet forth Urijah out of Egypt to Jehoia. as it is greedily eaten by all domestic animals, kim, who slew hin with the sword. Jer. xxvi. 23. these are seldom suffered to appear; so that it My litel child, than wol I fetchen thee, usually remains there unperceived. The leaves Whan that the grain is fro thy tonge ytake; are long and sınall, and appear to be roundish, Bo not agaste, I wol thee not forsake. something like a wire; but, upon examination,

Chaucer. Canterbury Tales, they are found not to be tubulated like a reed or Get home with thy fewel, make ready to fet, rush; the sides of the leaf being only folded to

The sooner the easier carriage to get.

Tusser. gether from the middle rib, exactly like the strong

An envious neighbour is easy to find, hent grass on the sea-shore. The flower stalk is

His cumbersome fetches are seldom behind ; small, and branches out in the head, a little re

His fetch is to flatter; to get what he can; sembling the wild oat; only the grains are inuch

His purpose once gotten, a pin for thee then. ld.

But for he was unable them to fet, smaller, and the ears do not spread fully open

A little boy did on him still attend. but lie bending a little to one side. The stalks

Spenser's Faerie Queene. are often spotted with reddish freckles, and the To come to that place they must fetch a compass tops of the roots are usually tinged with the same three iniles on the right hand through a forest. color; from whence it has probably obtained its

Knolles's History, distinctive name of festuca rubra, or red fescue.

On, you noblest English, It is often to be met with in old garden walks ; Whose blood is fetched from fathers of war-proof. and, as its leaves advance very quickly after cut

Shakspeare.

They have devised a mean ting, it may usually be discovered above the

How be her chamber window will ascend, other grasses, about a week or fortnight after the walks are cnt. Nor do they seem to advance

And with a corded ladder fetch her down. Id.

I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying only at one season, and then stop and decay, like

Che pangs of barred affections; though the king the rye-grass; but continue to advance during

Hath charged you should not speak together. Id. the whole of the summer, even where they are

Like a shifted wind unto a sail, not cut; so that they sometimes attain to a very It makes the course of thonghts to fetch about. Id. great height. The leaves naturally trail upon the

It is a fetch of wit ; ground, unless where they meet with some ac- You laying these slight sullies on my son, cidental support; and if any quantity of it is suf- As 'twere a thing a little soiled i' th' working. fered to grow for a whole season, without being

Id. Hamlet. eaten down or cut, the roots of the leaves are al- In smells we see their great and sudden effect in

Bacon, most rotted by the overshadowing of the tops of the fetching men again, when they swoon. other leaves, before the end of the season. From

The conditions of weapons, and their improvethe growth of this plant, it would seem to promise ments, are the fetching afar off; for that outrunis to be of great use to the farmer; as he could the danger, as it is seen in ordnance and muskets.

Id. reap from a field of it, for the first two or three

The bottom clear years, as great a weight of hay as he could ob

Now laid with many a fet tain from any of the culmiferous grasses; and,

Of seed-pearl, ere she bathed her there if he meant afterwards to pasture it, he would Was known as black as jct. Drayton. suffer no inconveniences from the flower-stalks; Mean time flew our ships, and straight we fetch and the succulent leaves, that continue to vege- The syrens' isle; a spleenless wind so stretcht tate during the whole summer, would at all times ller wings to waft us, and so urged nur keel. furnish his cattle with abundance of wholesome

Chapman.
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If Moses had received a command, that rod which mate is salubrious, and the soil a rich black loam fetched water from the rock, could as well have fetched with some sand, producing barley, oats, and the blood of the Amalekites out of their bodies. kitchen roots. There is a considerable quantity Bp. Hall's Contemplations.

of bog iron ore of a good quality in this island; So have we seen a hawk, cast off at a hernshaw,

there are also some veins of copper. to look and fly a quite other way; and, after many careless and overly fetches, to tour up unto the prey

FET'LOCK, n. s. Feet and lock. A tuft of

hair that grows behind the pastern joint of many intended.

Bp. Hall.

horses. General terms may sufficiently convey to the people what our intentions are, and yet not fetch us within

Their wounded steeds the compass of the ordinance,

Sanderson. Fret fetlock deep in gore, and with wild rage

Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters. These ways, if there were any secret excellence

Shakspeare. Henry V. among them, would fetch it out, and give it fair opportunities to advance itself by.

Milton.

White were the fetlocks of his feet before,

And on his front a snowy star he bore. "Dryden. If earth, industrious of herself, fetch day

Stamping like Bucephall, whose slackened raynes, Travelling East; and with her part averse

And bloody fet-locks fry with seven men's braines. From the sun's beam, meet night ; her other part

Bp. Hall's Satires. Still luminous by his ray. Id. Paradise Lost.

FETOR, n. s.

Lat. fætor. A stench; a When evening grey doth rise, I fetch my round

strong and offensive smeli. Over the mount.

Milton.
But Sidrophel, as full of tricks

The fetor may discover itself by sweat and humour.

Browne.
As rota men of politicks,
Straight cast atout to over-reach

When the symptoms are attended with a fetor of
The' unwary conqueror with a fetch.

any kind, such a disease will be cured by acescent

Hudibras. substances, and none better than whey. Arbuthnot. The seat of empire where the Irish come, FETTER, n. s., and commonly used in the And the unwilling Scotch, lo fetch their doom. plural, fetters, from feet; Sax. fettere. Chains

Waller. for the feet; chains by which walking is buWith this fetch he laughs at the trick he hath dered; to bind with such chains; to shackle. played me.

Stillingfleet.
The hare laid himself down, and took a nap; for, like manacles on the right hand.

Doctrine unto fools is as fetters on the feet ; and

Eccles. xxi. 19. says he, I can fetch up the tortoise when I please.

Fetter strong madness in a silken thread;
L'Estrange.

Charm ach with air, and agony with words.
The fox had a fetch in't.
Id.

Shakspeare. The fox fetched a hundred and a hundred leaps at a delicious cluster of grapes.

Drawing after me the chains and fetters whereunto Id.

I have been tied, I have by other men's errours failed. During such a state, silver in the coin will never

Raleigh. fetch as much as the silver in bullion. Locke.

Doth a master chide his servant because he doth They have no sooner fetched themselves up to the not come, yet knows that the servant is chained and fashion of the polite world, but the town has dropped fettered, so as he cannot move ?

Bramhall. them.

4 ddison. Neither her great worthiness, nor his own suffering An human soul without education is like marble in for her, could fetter his fickleness.

Sidney. the quarry, which shews none of its beautics 'till the

It is no wonder, then, that learning has been so skill of the polisher fetches out the colours.

little advanced since it grew to be mercenary, and Id. Spectator.

the progress of it has been fettered by the cares of the Talk to her of an unfortunate young lady that lost world, and disturbed by the desires of being rich, her beauty by the small-pox, she fetches a deep sigh. the fears of being poor.

Sir W. Temple.
Addison.

Passion's too fierce to be in fetters bound,
From these instances and fetches

And nature fies him like enchanted ground.
Thou makest of horses, clocks, and watches,

Dryden. Quoth Mat, thou seemest to mean

Pleasure arose in those very parts of his leg that That Alma is a mere machine.

Prior.

just before had been so much pained by the fetter. Draw forth the monsters of the abyss profound,

Addison. Or fetch the' aerial eagle to the ground. Pope. Profuseness is a cruel and crafty demon, that gra

FET’ID, adj. 2 Fr. fetide ; Lat. fætidus. dually involves her followers in dependence and debts; Fetidness, n. s. Rancid ; of strong and of that is, fetters them with irons that enter into their

souls.' fensive smell.

Adventurer. Most putrefactions are of an odious smell ; for they

A chain which man to fetter man has made ; smell either fetid or mouldy.

Bacon, By artifice imposed, by fear obeyed. Prior. In the most severe orders of the church of Rome,

The wretch in double fetters bouod, those who practise abstinence, feel after it fetid hot Your potent mercy may release.

Id. eructations.

Arbuthnot.

I thought her pride Plague, fiercest child of Nemesis divine, Had broke your fetters, and assured

your freedom. Descends from Ethiopia's poisoned woods,

A. Philips. From stifled Cairo's filth and fetid fields.

If then, just then, all thoughts of mercy lost, Thomson. When hope, long lingering, at last yields the ghost,

The sound of pardon pierce his startled ear, FETLAR, an island of Scotland, in the Nor

He drops at once his fetters and his fear; thern Ocean, one of the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, six miles east of North Yell. It And the first thankful tears bedew his cheeks.

A transport glows in all he looks and speaks, is four mies and a half long and three and a

Corper. half broad, and forms a parish, which is united There the curst spells of superstition blind, with that of North Yell. See Yell. The cli- And fix her fetters on the tortured Lind;

and

She bids in dreams tormenting shapes appear, with the death of the enemy; and thence usually With shrieks that shock Imagination's ear. Darwin. called deadly feud. Feud, called also feida, and

FETTI (Dominico), an eminent painter in the faida, in the original German signifies guerram, style of Julio Romano, born at Rome, in 1589, i. e. war. Lambert writes it feeth, and says, ' it and educated under Ludovico Civoli of Flo- signifies capitales inimicitias, implacable hatred. rence. He excelled in historical pieces; his pic- In Scotland and the north of England, feud is tures are much sought after, and are scarce. He particularly used for a combination of kindred, shortened his days by excess, and died in his to revenge the death of any of their blood, against thirty-fifth year.

the killer and all his race, or any other great FÉTTLE, v. n. A diminutive of fet, proba- enemy. bly. Dr. Johnson says, “a cant word from feel.' Feud, Feoda, in law, the same with fief or fee. Grose, that to fettle is to set or go about any See Feudal SYSTEM. thing; to dress, prepare, or put in order. It is a FEU'DAL, adj.& n. s. Fr. (old) feudal ; word still used in this last sense in the North of FEU'DATORY, n. s. & adj. Lat. feudalis. See England. To do or prepare trifling business; Feodatory. Pertaining to fees, feus, or tenures to bustle; to arrange household furniture. by which lands are held of a superior lord. A Now doth he inly scorne his Kendall-Greene,

dependence; something held by tenure; a fee. And his patcht cockers now despised beene.

A feudatory is one who holds lands by some Nor list he now go whistling to the carre

conditional tenure from a superior. As an adBut sells his teme and fetleth to the warre.

jective it means, held by such tenure. Bp. Hall's Satires.

The duke of Parma was tempted to be true to that When your master is most busy in company, come

enterprize, by no less promise than to be made feu. in and pretend to fettle about the room; and if he datury. or beneficiary king of England, under the chides, say you thought he rung the bell. Swift.

seignory in chief of the pope, and the protection of FETU, or AFFETU, a small kingdom of Africa, Spain.

Bacon. on the Gold Coast, east of Commendo, extend- Wales, that was not always the feudal territory of ing 160 miles in length, or into the interior, ac- England, having been governed by a prince of their cording to some geographers; but not above fif- own, had laws utterly strange to the laws of England. teen or sixteen miles in breadth along the coast:

Hale. here is situated Cape Coast Castle, the capital of

Nothing is more suitable to feudal ideas, than that the English settlements. It was formerly governed the same person should be both a lord and a vassal, by a chief , assuming the title of dey, and belong- independent in one capacity, and

dependent in ano

Robertson's History of Scotland. ing to the class of fetishmen, or priests; but he

If the one crown had been considered not as impewas subdued by the Fantees, who are now, or rial and independent, but as feudatory to the other, a were lately, in this town, subjugated by the treaty of union could not have been concluded on Ashantees, See FANTEES. It was formerly very equal terms.

Id. populous and powerful, but is now almost ruined,

FEUDAL SYSTEM. About twelve centuries the inhabitants not being sufficient to till the ago, this system was so universally received in ground; effects which Walker ascribes to war Europe, that Sir Henry Spelman calls it the and the slave trade. It is naturally fertile, law of nations in our western world.' Hence it abounding in corn, fruits, trees, palm wine, oil, deserves our attention in a particular manner; a and cattle. The Dutch have a fort in it.

knowledge of the different feuds being indispen'US, n. s.

Lat. fætus. Properly therefore written fætus. Any animal in embryo; any of the civil government of our own country, or the

sably requisite for a proper understanding either thing yet in the womb; unborn; young. laws by which its landed property is regulated. That paradox of Hippocrates some learned physi.

The military policy of the Celtic, or northern cians have of late revived, that the fetus respires in nations, known by the names of Goths, Vandals, the womb.

Boyle.

Franks, Huns, and Lombards, furnished the FEUD, n. s. Sax. feahd, enmity. Quarrel; original constitution or system of feuds. These contention; opposition; war.

people, pouring out in vast multitudes from the Almighty Jove in wrathful mood,

same officina gentium, or store-house of nations, To wreak the guilt of mortal sins is bent;

over-ran all the European countries on the deHurls forth his thundering dart with deadly feud, clension of the Roman empire. They brought Inrolled in fames and smouldring dreariment. the feudal system along with them from the

Faerie Queene. countries out of which they emigrated; and, supThough men would find such mortal feuds In sharing of their publick goods. Hudibras.

posing it to be the most proper method of secur

ing their new conquests, they introduced it into In former ages it was a policy of France to raise their more southerly colonies. According to this and cherish intestine feuds and discords in Great system, the victorious general allotted consideraBritain.

Addison. Swift contrived an intercourse, from which they

ble tracts of land to his principal officers; while both departed discontented; he procured a second, they, in like manner, divided their possessions which only convinced him that the feud was irrecoce among the inferior officers, and the common cileable.

Johnson. Life of Swift.

soldiers who were thought to be the most deQuarrels were transmitted from father to son, and serving. Allotments of this kind were named under the name of deadly feuds, subsisted for many feoda, fiefs, fees, or feuds, from a combination generations with unmitigated rançour.

of words, in the language of these barbarians, Robertson's History of Scotland. signifying a reward or stipend bestowed on cerFeud, in ancient customs, is used for a capi- tain conditions. See Feod. The conditior upon tal quarrel or enmity, not to be satisfied but which these rewards were given, was, wat the

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