One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Refreshment by food or drink.‘the peaceful hours of the sacred night demand refection’
evening snackView synonyms
- ‘I may add that in composing this masterpiece I have not spent or wasted more leisure than is required for my bodily refection - food and drink to you!’
- ‘Undaunted, he asked what was the very best that the local area had to offer by way of refection.’
- ‘Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashana offers hope, refection and plenty of food for thought’
- 1.1count noun A light meal.
meal, lunch, dinner, supper, repastView synonyms
- ‘More important, the figures may be interpreted as another reference to Fernando I's intercession at Cluny, where part of his commemoration involved serving to the monks a full refection of fish and honeyed spiced wine.’
- 1.2Zoology The eating of partly digested faecal pellets, as practised by rabbits.
- ‘This is a general article which tells about the lapine practice of refection.’
- ‘Do Rabbits Chew Their Cud? - this is another view, noting that some biologists do classify refection as a type of rumination.’
- ‘Also, rabbits and hares practise refection, which is essentially the same principle as rumination, and does indeed ‘raise up what has been swallowed’.’
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin refectio(n-), from reficere ‘renew’ (see refectory).
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