[Ads-l] to foment

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 4 07:52:36 EST 2021

OED marks a somewhat similar sense (def 2) as "Obsolete": 'To promote the
growth or development of (something physical or physiological).'

Here it seems to mean 'to bring into existence; form':

2009 Caroline Alexander _The War that Killed Achilles_  (N.Y.: Viking) 26:
The murky realm of mythology and folklore from which the Iliad was fomented.

Alexander has been a Mellon Fellow and has recently translated the Iliad.


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