- sooty; smoky: the fuliginous air hanging over an industrial city.
- 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
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His soul, like a sword-blade too long in the scabbard, was beginning to get fuliginous by inactivity.Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories
Upon these fuliginous and amethystine crystals are many sphericles or hemispheres of red compact iron-ore, like haematites.Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4)
It was vulgarly called witch-riding, and considered as arising from the weight of fuliginous spirits incumbent on the breast.Curiosities of Medical Experience
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The colors vary from smoky to fuliginous, olive and yellow, and the spores are ferruginous.
The cuticle is smoky olive to fuliginous, darker when young, becoming paler as the pileus expands, but always darker on the umbo.
- sooty or smoky
- of the colour of soot; dull greyish-black or brown
C16: from Late Latin fūlīginōsus full of soot, from Latin fūlīgō soot