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[froo-muh n-tee] /ˈfru mən ti/
noun, British Dialect.
a dish of hulled wheat boiled in milk and seasoned with sugar, cinnamon, and raisins.
Also called furmity [fur-mi-tee] /ˈfɜr mɪ ti/ (Show IPA).
Origin of frumenty
1350-1400; Middle English frumentee < Old French, equivalent to frument grain (< Latin frūmentum) + -ee -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She said "Come in," wearily, thinking it was the frumenty and the Christmas cakes.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • But the most important harvest, after gleaning for frumenty, was the blackberries.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The frumenty pot welcomes home the harvest cart, and the garland of flowers crowns the Captain of the reapers.

  • Moreover the cellaress had to give the ladies “frumenty”, for which she laid in wheat and three gallons of milk.

  • But, to Daoud's relief, Fra Tomasso only shut his eyes and shook his head, his cheeks quivering gently like a bowl of frumenty.

  • A dish once prominent at Christmas was “frumenty” or “furmety” (variously spelt, and derived from the Latin frumentum, corn).

  • frumenty, which is made of wheat boiled in milk was a standing dish at every harvest supper.

    Old English Sports

    Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • Can't give you much,—mysterious inward complaint, myself,—can't eat anything but frumenty.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He indicated the Blue Ridge with a bird-like jerk, and helped himself again to frumenty.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for frumenty


(Brit) a kind of porridge made from hulled wheat boiled with milk, sweetened, and spiced
Word Origin
C14: from Old French frumentee, from frument grain, from Latin frūmentum
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