[fuhl-vuh s]


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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of a dull brownish-yellow colour; tawny

Word Origin for fulvous

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