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Fructify (v.)

Fructify means bear fruit, become fruitful. Fructify is cited in two of Williams Shakespeare’s play Love’s Labour’s Lost (LLL.IV.ii.29) Nathaniel says to Holofernes, of Dull: “We thankful should be for those parts that do fructify in us more than he.”

Holofernes, Sir Nathaniel, Dull, Costard, and Jacquenetta. Love’s Labour’s Lost. Act IV, Scene II. Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Frampold (adj.)

Frampold means disagreeable, bad-tempered, moody. Frampold is cited in two of Williams Shakespeare’s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor (MW. II.ii.87) Mistress quickly says to Falstaff: of mistress Ford and Ford): “She leads a very frampold life with him.” and The Two Noble Kinsmen (III.v.58) Fourth Countryman to all, of the missing woman: “now to be frampold, now to pisso’th’ nettle.

THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher

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Floughting (adj.)

Floughting means mocking, scoffing, scornful. Floughting is cited in Williams Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing (MA. I.i.171) Benedick says to Claudio: “Do you play the flouting Jack.”

long as it has such food to feed upon as Signior Benedick. These two continue thus to bandy bitter-sweet remarks, until Benedick, piqued by his companion’s.

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Furze (n.)

Furze means spiny shrub, gorse. Furze is cited twice in Williams Shakespeare’s play The Tempest (Tem. I.i.62) Gonzalo alone says: “Long heath, brown furze, anything.” Another citing in The Tempest (Tem IV.i.180) Ariel says to Prospero of Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban following “though sharp furzes.”

Furze, or gorse, refers the genus Ulex europaeus. It is a very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers

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Forgetive (adj.)

Forgetive means Good at forging thoughts, inventive, creative. Forgetive is cited in Williams Shakespeare’s play Henry IV (2H4 IV.iii.98) Falstaff alone says of the effect of sherry on the bran: “It makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive.”

Restrained: Antony Sher’s Falstaff is a bit ponderous in an otherwise vibrant Henry IV

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Flayed (adj.)

Flayed means stripped, skinned, undressed. Flayed is cited in Williams Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale (WT IV.iv.637) Camillo says to Autolycus, of Florizel: “The gentleman is half flayed already.”

Camillo and Autolycus – The Winter’s Tale

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Facinerious (adj.)

Facinerious means extremely wicked, villainous, criminal. Facinerious is cited in Williams Shakespeare’s play All’s Well That Ends Well (AW II.iii.28) Parolles says to Lafew about the King’s cure: “He’s of a most facinerious spirit that will not acknowledge it to be the very hand of heaven.”

Parolles, picture, image, illustration

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