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English Dictionary: flummery by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
flummery
n
  1. a bland custard or pudding especially of oatmeal
  2. meaningless ceremonies and flattery
    Synonym(s): mummery, flummery
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sowens \Sow"ens\ (? [or] ?), n. pl. [Scottish; cf. AS. se[a0]w
      juice, glue, paste.]
      A nutritious article of food, much used in Scotland, made
      from the husk of the oat by a process not unlike that by
      which common starch is made; -- called {flummery} in England.
      [Written also {sowans}, and {sowins}.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flummery \Flum"mer*y\, n. [W. llumru, or llumruwd, a kind of
      food made of oatmeal steeped in water until it has turned
      sour, fr. llumrig harsh, raw, crude, fr. llum sharp, severe.]
      1. A light kind of food, formerly made of flour or meal; a
            sort of pap.
  
                     Milk and flummery are very fit for children.
                                                                              --Locke.
  
      2. Something insipid, or not worth having; empty compliment;
            trash; unsubstantial talk of writing.
  
                     The flummery of modern criticism.      --J. Morley.
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