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I have come across a quotation from 1871, Burnham's New Poultry Book, p.200 where "French-y" appears to be used in a way which had some distinct meaning for the New England-based author, perhaps a slang sense of that time, which I cannot figure out. Can anyone with access to the OED help me to determine if this is a new and distinct usage? Krnntp 20:01, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

  • When the author was in France (1867) he met with myriads of these fowls ... and he thought these lively birds, as seen "upon their native heath," were altogether "French-y", when he first met with them.
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