Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brownish matter obtained from empyreumatic animal oil. It is insoluble in water, but may be dissolved by alcohol.
- n. A black pigment found in the choroid and the epithelial layer of the retina, adjoining the choroid of the eye.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physiol. Chem.) A brown, nitrogenous pigment contained in the retinal epithelium; a variety of melanin.
- Latin fuscus dark-colored, tawny, and -in. (Wiktionary)
“I identified the frightful ingredients masking the mixtures of tannin and powdered carbon with which the fish was embalmed; and I penetrated the disguise of the marinated meats, painted with sauces the colour of sewage; and I diagnosed the wine as being coloured with fuscin, perfumed with furfurol, and enforced with molasses and plaster.”
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