One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
2Of an insect, plant, etc.: bright reddish in colour, especially with metallic reflections. Now rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Healey (c1585–c1616), translator. From classical Latin fulgidus shining, brilliant, in post-classical Latin also with reference to animals or plants from fulgēre to shine + -idus.
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