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[foi-zuh n] /ˈfɔɪ zən/
noun, Archaic.
abundance; plenty.
abundant harvest.
Origin of foison
1250-1300; Middle English foisoun < Middle French foison < Latin fūsiōn- (stem of fūsiō) an outpouring. See fusion Unabridged
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  • Was he the only one who felt the challenge offered by the maddening fertility and foison of the hot sun-dazzled earth?

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • Africa, that brags her foison, Breeds no such prodigious poison!

  • The next morning foison appeared at La Délivrande to draw up the report.

  • Here you scratch her with a spade; and earth's increase and foison plenty are added to you.

    The Impossibilities of Anarchism George Bernard Shaw
  • She found Mme. de Vaubadon's guide at the rendezvous before the church door; it was foison, whom she recognised.

British Dictionary definitions for foison


(archaic or poetic) a plentiful supply or yield
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin fūsiō a pouring out, from fundere to pour; see fusion
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