• WordNet 3.6
    • n Fomes genus of bracket fungi forming corky or woody perennial shelflike sporophores often of large size; includes some that cause destructive heartrot in trees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fomes fō"mēz (Med) Any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs; as, woolen clothes are said to be active fomites .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fomes In medicine, any porous substance capable of absorbing and retaining contagion.
    • n fomes [capitalized] [NL.] In mycology, a subgenus of Polyporus, or, according to some authors, a genus of Polyporei, composed of perennial indurated species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fomes fō′miz any porous substance capable of absorbing and retaining contagious effluvia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fomes, -itis, touch-wood, tinder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., touchwood.


In literature:

He actooally fomed at the mowth.
"The Complete Works of Artemus Ward" by Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
It resembles Fomes leucophaeus but is somewhat stouter and does not have as hard and firm a crust.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The plants of the genus Trametes allied to Fomes are epiphytal, with the trama the same in substance and color as the hymenophore.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor

In poetry:

What have I brought thee home
For this thy love? have I discharg'd the debt
Which this day's favour did beget?
I ranne; but all I brought, was fome.
"Even-Song" by George Herbert