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From Middle French ombrageux, or from umbrage +‎ -ous.



umbrageous (comparative more umbrageous, superlative most umbrageous)

  1. Having or providing shade; shady.
    Synonym: (obsolete) umbrose
    • 1766 June 5, “An Exercise, containing a Dialogue, and two Odes, performed at the public Commencement in the College of Philadelphia, May 20, 1766”, in The Pennsylvania Gazette[1], page 2:
      [] What tho' his Forests wave / Umbrageous to the Gale, and Nature walks / In loose Luxuriance o'er his native Plains; / Those Forests wave, those Plains delight no more; / []
    • 1838 June 9, “The City Improvement Candidate”, in The Daily Pittsburgh Gazette[2], page 2:
      Not a single one of those "umbrageous trees," of which our Mayor declaimed so feelingly, has yet been planted; [] They should protest against his withdrawal from that station, until the banks of the Monongahela and Duquesne Way are once more covered with "umbrageous trees," []
    • 1858, R M Ballantyne, The Coral Island:
      ... without which the stem could not have supported its heavy and umbrageous top.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska, published 2005, page 130:
      Rhodes gazed wistfully into the dense umbrageous tangle whence his host had disappeared.
    • 1898, Garrett Putman Serviss, Edison’s Conquest of Mars:
      Not far away was the bank of a canal, bordered by a magnificent avenue shaded by a double row of immense umbrageous trees.
    • 2018, Tim Flannery, Europe: A Natural History, page 52:
      A movement in the umbrageous undergrowth betrays the presence of something leaping from the ferns.
  2. (figuratively) Irritable, easily upset.

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