fuliginous

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English[edit]

Sooty Oystercatcher, Haematopus fuliginosus, its Latin name reflecting the etymology of fuliginous

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fūlīginōsus, from soot.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fjuːˈlɪ.dʒɪ.nəs/
  • Hyphenation: fu‧li‧gi‧nous

Adjective[edit]

fuliginous (comparative more fuliginous, superlative most fuliginous)

  1. Pertaining to or resembling soot in such features as colour, texture or taste; sooty, dusky. [from 16th c.]
    • 1729, Woodward, John, An Attempt Towards a Natural History of The Fossils of England[1]
      …the fuliginous Matter form'd, by the Drift of the Air, into the Shape of a Species of marine Lichen, in Creeks of Chimneys, Stoves, Forges and Furnaces, where there are Fires kept for a considerable Time, and much Fuel spent.
    • 1729, Woodward, John, An Attempt Towards a Natural History of The Fossils of England[1]
      ...the Tali, and Septa, are of a more dusky, or, as Wormius expresses it, of a more fuliginous Colour, than ours in England commonly are...
    • 1729, Woodward, John, An Attempt Towards a Natural History of The Fossils of England[1]
      I took them at first for natural Fruits of that Shrub, till the Coffee-Man assur'd me that, when they were first put up, there were none of them upon it, and that they were all form'd since... It has a fuliginous Taste, with a considerable Pungency. This Coffee-Room is much frequented: and there are generally several Pots and Boylers before the Fire. Out of the Dust that arises, the Steams of the Coffee, and other Liquors, Smoak of Tobacco, and the Halitus from the Breath of the People, those Bodies are form'd. This sets forth something of the Constitution of the Air of a Coffee-House.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 4, chapter XV, Morrison again:
      To that dingy fuliginous Operative, emerging from his soot-mill, what is the first duty I will prescribe, and offer help towards? That he clean the skin of him.
    • 1934, Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer:
      On the beach, masts and chimneys interlaced, and like a fuliginous shadow the figure of Albertine gliding through the surf, fusing into the mysterious quick and prism of a protoplasmic realm, uniting her shadow to the dream and harbinger of death.
    • 1972, John Gardner, Grendel, London 1972, p. 10:
      I toy with shouting some tidbit more – some terrifying, unthinkable threat, some blackly fuliginous riddling hex – but my heart's not in it.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      With its own fuliginous Weather, at once public and private, created of smoke billowing from Pipes, Hearths, and Stoves, the Room would provide an extraordinary sight, were any able to see []

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 An Attempt Towards a Natural History of The Fossils of England 1729 [1]

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