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Friday, May 16, 2008

Definitions for subfusc

  1. Dark or dull in color; drab, dusky.

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Citations for subfusc
The tea-cosy, property of one Edmund Gravel -- "known as the Recluse of Lower Spigot to everybody there and elsewhere," as the book's first page informs us -- is haunted by a six-legged emcee for various "subfusc but transparent" ghosts. Emily Gordon, Newsday
Her inscrutable figure -- imposing in designer subfusc, slightly donnish, reminiscent of Vita Sackville-West, to whom she was distantly related -- baffled and intrigued some. Yvonne Whiteman, Independent
Origin of subfusc
Subfusc comes from Latin subfuscus, "brownish, dark," from sub-, "under" + fuscus, "dark-colored."