Meaning of fuscous in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌskəs/


technical, literary
  • Dark and sombre in colour.

    ‘A tin plate heaped with rice, dal, vegetables, and burning-hot, fuscous curry is set before me.’
    • ‘If you prefer the modern, industrialised phalanx of grey and fuscous brown, then I refer you to Eamon McCann in the Belfast Telegraph.’
    • ‘A pair of fulminating fingers stretched upward like cosmological Aztec temples; clutching at the fuscous firmament as hunger surpassed civility.’
    • ‘Nymphs of A. elliotti are mainly drab gray, which renders fuscous markings less contrasting.’
    • ‘This species may be easily recognized by fuscous tips to tegmina and wings.’


Mid 17th century from Latin fuscus ‘dusky’ + -ous.