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[fuhs-kuh s]
  1. of brownish-gray or dusky color.
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Origin of fuscous

1655–65; < Latin fusc(us) dark, tawny, dusky + -ous
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It is of a pale yellowish color, becoming a dusky brown (fuscous) when bruised.

    Among the Mushrooms

    Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin

British Dictionary definitions for fuscous


  1. of a brownish-grey colour
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Word Origin

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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