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adjective French.
  1. of food, cured or flavored by exposure to smoke; smoked.
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British Dictionary definitions for fumé


  1. (intr) to be overcome with anger or fury; rage
  2. to give off (fumes) or (of fumes) to be given off, esp during a chemical reaction
  3. (tr) to subject to or treat with fumes; fumigate
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  1. (often plural) a pungent or toxic vapour
  2. a sharp or pungent odour
  3. a condition of anger
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Derived Formsfumeless, adjectivefumelike, adjectivefumer, nounfumingly, adverbfumy, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French fum, from Latin fūmus smoke, vapour
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Word Origin and History for fumé



late 14c., from Old French fum "smoke, steam, vapor, breath," from Latin fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (source of Italian fumo, Spanish humo), from PIE *dheu- (cf. Sanskrit dhumah, Old Church Slavonic dymu, Lithuanian dumai, Old Prussian dumis "smoke," Middle Irish dumacha "fog," Greek thymos "spirit, mind, soul").

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c.1400, "to fumigate," from Old French fumer, from Latin fumare "to smoke, steam," from fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (see fume (n.)). Figurative sense of "show anger" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Fumed; fumes; fuming.

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fumé in Science


  1. Smoke, vapor, or gas, especially if irritating, harmful, or smelly.
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