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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Definitions for foison

  1. Archaic. abundance; plenty.
  2. Archaic. abundant harvest.

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Citations for foison
Thither the extremely large wains bring foison of the fields, flaskets of cauliflowers, floats of spinach, pineapple chunks, Rangoon beans, strikes of tomatoes, drums of figs, drills of Swedes, spherical potatoes and tallies of iridescent kale… James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922
Juno sings her blessings on you. / Earth's increase, and foison plenty, / Barns, and garners never empty… William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1611
Origin of foison
1250-1300
Foison is related to the word fusion, and comes from the Latin word fūsiō- meaning "an outpouring."