Definition of fuscous in English:



technical, literary
  • Dark and somber in color.

    • ‘If you prefer the modern, industrialised phalanx of grey and fuscous brown, then I refer you to Eamon McCann in the Belfast Telegraph.’
    • ‘A tin plate heaped with rice, dal, vegetables, and burning-hot, fuscous curry is set before me.’
    • ‘This species may be easily recognized by fuscous tips to tegmina and wings.’
    • ‘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.’


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