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Monday, April 11, 2016

Definitions for fuliginous

  1. sooty; smoky: the fuliginous air hanging over an industrial city.
  2. of the color of soot, as dark gray, dull brown, black, etc.

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Citations for fuliginous
Each morning of her life, the City had been filmed in this airborne soot, a fuliginous mist that corroded even iron. Mary Novik, Conceit, 2007
… my uncle Toby in one of the finest dispositions for it in the world; -- his head like a smoak-jack; -- the funnel unswept, and the ideas whirling round and round about in it, all obfuscated and darkened over with fuliginous matter! Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Volume XI, 1762
Origin of fuliginous
Fuliginous can be traced to the Latin fūlīginōsus meaning "full of soot," with fūlīgō, "soot," as its root. It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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