Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brown nitrogenous pigment contained in the retinal epithelium; a variety of melanin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brown, nitrogenous pigment contained in the retinal epithelium; a variety of melanin.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Latin fuscus dark-colored, tawny, and -in. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Là-bas

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