The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0256 Wednesday, 30 January 2002
From: Robin Hamilton <
Date: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 16:49:26 -0000
Subject: 13.0219 Re: Distinctions
Comment: Re: SHK 13.0219 Re: Distinctions
> From: Gabriel Egan <
> Anybody know what a "fyemarten" is? (OED doesn't seem to have it
> under any spelling I can find.)
Just a guess -- freemartin?
A hermaphrodite or imperfect female of the ox kind: see quot. 1790.
1681 Lond. Gaz. No. 1651/4 The Heifer ... is supposed to be Spaied, or
1779 J. Hunter in Phil. Trans. LXIX. 279 Account of the Free-martin.
1790 T. Bewick Hist. Quadrupeds (1807) 28 When a Cow happens to bring
two calves-one of them a male, the other a female,-the former is a
animal, but the latter is incapable of propagation, and is well known to
farmers under the denomination of a Free Martin.
1856 Farmer's Mag. Jan. 56 Freemartins and Spayed Heifers are not
(Sorry -- this is deep in the Ghetto. Sturgeon? One of the
_Astounding_ crew used it somewhere. Which is how come I hit on it. R2)
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