caliginous

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From Middle French caligineux (misty; obscure), from Latin cālīginōsus (misty; dark, obscure) (or directly from the Latin word), from cālīginem (accusative singular of cālīgō (fog, mist, vapour; darkness, gloom)) + -ōsus (suffix meaning ‘full of, prone to’ forming adjectives from nouns).[1]

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caliginous (comparative more caliginous, superlative most caliginous)

  1. (archaic or literary) Dark, obscure; murky.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 155:
      Inside the atmosphere was rank and caliginous: fumes rose from puddles, groans sifted through the shadows.

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