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Fawn (noun)

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Fawn. n.s. [faon, French, from fan, in old French a child, probably from infans, Latin.] A young deer.

Looking my love, I go from place to place,
Like a young fawn that late hath lost the hind;
And seek each where, where last I saw her face,
Whose image yet I carry fresh in mind.
Spenser's Sonnets.

The buck is called the first year a fawn, the second year a pricket. Shakespeare's Love's Labour Lost.

The colt hath about four years of growth; and so the fawn, and so the calf. Bacon's Natural History, №. 759.

Who for thy table feeds the wanton fawn,
For him as kindly spreads the flow'ry lawn.
Pope.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Fawn (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 24, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19579.


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