Silver’s Word of the Week – Fuliginous
Welcome to Silver’s Word of the Week where I try to find strange and unusual words to ignite my vocabulary to new levels! Are you ready to learn a new word?
This week our word is the courtesy of Dictionary.com (Word of the Day app)
- sooty; smoky: the fuliginous air hanging over an industrial city.
- of the color of soot, as dark gray, dull brown,black, etc.
The fire burned low as a fuliginous shroud of smoke twisted at the top of the cave wall.
The poem is written in a fuliginous style of prose not used in today’s modern writing.
merriam-webster.com (click the link to hear the word pronounced) shares:
Did You Know?
“Fuliginous is a word with a dark and dirty past – it derives from “fuligo,” the Latin word for “soot.” In an early sense (now obsolete), “fuliginous” was used to describe noxious bodily vapors once thought to be produced by organic processes. The “sooty” sense, which English speakers have been using since the early 1620s, can be used to describe everything from dense fogs and malevolent clouds to overworked chimney sweeps. “Fuliginous” can also be used to refer to something dark or dusky, as in Henry James’ novel The Ambassadors, in which the character Waymarsh is described as having “dark fuliginous eyes.”
What an excellent description from Henry James! I like the sound of this word and although it is not used often I believe this word is a great adjective. It is has a dark mysterious connotation to it.
How would you use “fuliginous” in a sentence?
I see a fuliginous message in the sky beckoning to me…
See you next week!