- of brownish-gray or dusky color.
Origin of fuscous
1655–65; < Latin fusc(us) dark, tawny, dusky + -ous
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Examples from the Web for fuscous
The wings are not shaded with fuscous toward the base as much as in A. zerene.The Butterfly Book
William Jacob Holland
Color dark brownish or fuscous in summer pelage; winter pelage unknown.Speciation of the Wandering Shrew
James S. Findley
The stipe is usually white above, fuscous below, at the apex almost evanescent; hence the cernuous sporangia.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
The color is bright blue when young, becoming pale and whitish in age, with a tendency to fuscous on the center.Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.
George Francis Atkinson
It is of a pale yellowish color, becoming a dusky brown (fuscous) when bruised.Among the Mushrooms
Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
- of a brownish-grey colour
C17: from Latin fuscus dark, swarthy, tawny
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Word Origin and History for fuscous
"dark-colored," 1660s, from Latin fuscus "dark, swarthy" (see dusk).
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