far·​cy ˈfär-sē How to pronounce farcy (audio)
: glanders
especially : cutaneous glanders

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the face of mostly incurable diseases like farcy, healers might need to call on the supernatural. John Last, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Oct. 2022 Other times, the method was even stranger, with horse owners advised to sew sheets of lead and tin—two key metals in medieval alchemy—into a horse’s forehead as a cure for farcy. John Last, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Oct. 2022 According to Harrison, some European veterinary manuals detail whole exorcisms, modeled on Catholic rites, to expel the worms then believed to cause farcy. John Last, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Oct. 2022

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Word History


Middle English farsin, farsi, from Anglo-French farcin, from Late Latin farcimen, from Latin, sausage, from farcire

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of farcy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Farcy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farcy. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


far·​cy ˈfär-sē How to pronounce farcy (audio)
plural farcies
: glanders
especially : cutaneous glanders

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