Etymology 1Edit

From Old French favele, from Latin fabella (short fable), diminutive of fabula. See fable.



  1. (obsolete) flattery; cajolery; deceit
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Etymology 2Edit

Old French fauvel, favel, diminutive of French fauve; of German oigin. See fallow (adjective).


favel (comparative more favel, superlative most favel)

  1. yellow or dun in colour
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favel (plural favels)

  1. A horse of a favel or dun colour.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for favel in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)