frowst

frowst

(fraʊst)
n
informal Brit a hot and stale atmosphere; fug
[C19: back formation from frowsty musty, stuffy, variant of frowzy]
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The sexuality of trees and of people overlapped in some curious ways, nearly always through smell: the fishy scent of maybloom, which made it preeminently the tree of fertility in old England; the frowst of chestnut, which had always made her think of ripe corn till a friend said it was like semen (and she disgraced herself by saying so to an aunt who hated the smell); the redolence of plane-tree leaves, like a woman's heat grown cool upon one's fingers.