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Fum

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or Fung hwang. One of the four symbolical animals supposed to preside over the destinies of the Chinese Empire. It originated from the element of fire, was born in the Hill of the Sun’s Halo, and has its body inscribed with the five cardinal virtues. It has the forepart of a goose, the hind-quarters of a stag, the neck of a snake, the tail of a fish, the forehead of a fowl, the down of a duck, the marks of a dragon, the back of a tortoise, the face of a swallow, the beak of a cock, is about six cubits high, and perches only on the woo-tung tree. It is this curious creature that is embroidered on the dresses of certain mandarins.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Fuel
Fuga ad Salices (A)
Fuggers
Fugleman
Fulhams, or Fullams
Full Cry
Full Dress
Full Fig (In)
Full Swing (In)
Fulsome
Fum
Fum the Fourth
Fumage
Fume
Fun
Fund
Funds
Funeral
Funeral Banquet
Funeral Games
Fungoso

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