[ fyoo-lij-uh-nuhs ]
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  1. sooty; smoky: the fuliginous air hanging over an industrial city.

  2. of the color of soot, as dark gray, dull brown, black, etc.

Origin of fuliginous

1565–75; <Latin fūlīginōsus full of soot, equivalent to fūlīgin- (stem of fūlīgō) soot + -ōsus-ous

Other words from fuliginous

  • fu·lig·i·nous·ly, adverb
  • fu·lig·i·nous·ness, noun

Words Nearby fuliginous

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How to use fuliginous in a sentence

  • On the other hand, several varieties of Negroes properly so-called wear but a fuliginous or reddish-brown tint.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • Mount Franklin, distant about six miles, now appeared like a gigantic torch, around the summit of which turned fuliginous flames.

    The Secret of the Island | W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
  • Above the forest were passing large clouds, to which the crater of Mount Franklin incessantly added fuliginous matter.

    The Secret of the Island | W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
  • Now everyone of these do black bodies objected unto them, and are to be conceived in the sooty and fuliginous matter expressed.

  • To that dingy fuliginous Operative, emerging from his soot-mill, what is the first duty I will prescribe, and offer help towards?

    Past and Present | Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for fuliginous


/ (fjuːˈlɪdʒɪnəs) /

  1. sooty or smoky

  2. of the colour of soot; dull greyish-black or brown

Origin of fuliginous

C16: from Late Latin fūlīginōsus full of soot, from Latin fūlīgō soot

Derived forms of fuliginous

  • fuliginously, adverb
  • fuliginousness, noun

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