One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shady.‘an umbrous wood’
dark, dim, gloomy, murkyView synonyms
- ‘An umbrous-featured local points out the route.’
- ‘Elsewhere the drinkers sat in darkness, an umbrous gloom through which the orange flame of an occasional candle started.’
- ‘It grows in margins of fields, that are not umbrous.’
- ‘Beneath the umbrous trees a rivulet gently flowed.’
- ‘Once within, he would see his works hung on primrose-yellow wails, which suit his umbrous backgrounds.’
Late 15th century: from Old French umbreux, from Latin umbrosus, from umber ‘shadow’.
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