- (archaic) The droppings of an animal, by which the hunter identifies it.
1576, George Tuberville, The Noble Arte of Venerie or Hvnting, page 66; republished as Tuberville's Booke of Hunting, 1576, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908:
- for if the Hartes haue had any disturbaunce, or haue bene hurte, then they make theyr fewmet oftentimes drie, burned and sharpe at that one ende
1843 , William Twici, The Art of Hunting, page 19; translation by Henry Dryden, Daventry: Thomas Barrett, 1843:
- Sir Hunter, how is a man to know the Hart […] in what pasture he has been, whether in wheat, or in oats, or in beans, or in peas? I will tell you, if the fewmets are yellow, and in globular masses that is of wheat, or of oats. And if he has been in peas or in beans, if the Hart is fat, the fewmets will be black, and in globular masses, and the fewmet small.
1973, Madeleine L'Engle, A Wind in the Door:
- “He’s going to where my dragons were! Come on, Meg, maybe he’s found fewmets!” ¶ She hurried after boy and dog. “How would you know a dragon dropping? Fewmets probably look like bigger and better cowpies.”