from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sooty.
  • adj. Colored by or as if by soot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to soot; sooty; dark; dusky.
  • adj. Pertaining to smoke; resembling smoke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or having the color of soot; sooty.
  • Pertaining to smoke; resembling smoke; dusky.
  • Specifically, in zoöl, and botany, very dark, opaque brown; of the color of soot.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin fūlīginōsus, from Latin fūlīgō, fūlīgin-, soot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin fūlīginōsus, from fūlīgo ("soot").


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