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fulvous

[fuhl-vuh s]
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adjective
  1. tawny; dull yellowish-gray or yellowish-brown.

Origin of fulvous

1655–65; < Latin fulvus deep yellow, tawny, reddish-yellow; see -ous
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Examples from the Web for fulvous

Historical Examples

  • There is a sunburst upon the chest of a white or fulvous hue.

    True Bear Stories

    Joaquin Miller

  • The colour is fulvous; which in darker specimens has a tinge of red.

  • These spots in the typical form lacinia are fulvous, and the bands are broad.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • On the under side the fore wings are fulvous, tipped with ferruginous.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • On the under side the primaries are fulvous on the costa at the base.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland


British Dictionary definitions for fulvous

fulvous

adjective
  1. of a dull brownish-yellow colour; tawny

Word Origin

C17: from Latin fulvus reddish yellow, gold-coloured, tawny; probably related to fulgēre to shine
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