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[kuh-lij-uh-nuh s]
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adjective Archaic.
  1. misty; dim; dark.
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Origin of caliginous

1540–50; < Latin cālīginōsus misty, equivalent to cālīgin- (stem of cālīgō) mist + -ōsus -ous
Related formsca·lig·i·nos·i·ty [kuh-lij-uh-nos-i-tee] /kəˌlɪdʒ əˈnɒs ɪ ti/, ca·lig·i·nous·ness, nounca·lig·i·nous·ly, adverb
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  1. archaic dark; dim
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin cālīginōsus, from cālīgō darkness
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Word Origin and History for caliginous


1540s, from Latin caliginosus "misty," from caliginem (nominative caligo) "mistiness, darkness, fog, gloom." Related: Caliginosity.

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