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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sowens  \Sow"ens\  (?  or  ?),  n.  pl  [Scottish;  cf  AS  se['a]w 
  juice,  glue,  paste.] 
  A  nutritious  article  of  food,  much  used  in  Scotland,  made 
  from  the  husk  of  the  oat  by  a  process  not  unlike  that  by 
  which  common  starch  is  made  --  called  {flummery}  in  England. 
  [Written  also  {sowans},  and  {sowins}.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flummery  \Flum"mer*y\,  n.  [W.  llumru  or  llumruwd  a  kind  of 
  food  made  of  oatmeal  steeped  in  water  until  it  has  turned 
  sour,  fr  llumrig  harsh,  raw,  crude,  fr  llum  sharp,  severe.] 
  1.  A  light  kind  of  food,  formerly  made  of  flour  or  meal;  a 
  sort  of  pap. 
 
  Milk  and  flummery  are  very  fit  for  children. 
  --Locke. 
 
  2.  Something  insipid,  or  not  worth  having  empty  compliment; 
  trash;  unsubstantial  talk  of  writing. 
 
  The  flummery  of  modern  criticism.  --J.  Morley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flummery 
  n  1:  a  bland  custard  or  pudding  especially  of  oatmeal 
  2:  meaningless  ceremonies  and  flattery  [syn:  {mummery}] 




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