adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French caligineux, from Latin caliginosus, from caligin-, caligo darkness Date: 1548 misty, dark <
a caliginous atmosphere

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  • Caliginous — Ca*lig i*nous, a. [L. caliginosus; cf. F. caligineux.] Affected with darkness or dimness; dark; obscure. [R.] Blount. [1913 Webster] The caliginous regions of the air. Hallywell. {Ca*lig i*nous*ly}, adv. {Ca*lig i*nous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caliginous — 1540s, from L. caliginosus misty, from caliginem (nom. caligo) mistiness, darkness, fog, gloom. Related: Caliginosity …   Etymology dictionary

  • caliginous — [kə lij′ə nəs] adj. [L caliginosus < caligo, darkness, gloom: for IE base see COLUMBARIUM] Archaic dark; obscure …   English World dictionary

  • caliginous — adjective Which is influenced by darkness or obscurity. The caliginous waters appeared menacing …   Wiktionary

  • caliginous — caliginosity /keuh lij euh nos i tee/, caliginousness, n. caliginously, adv. /keuh lij euh neuhs/, adj. Archaic. misty; dim; dark. [1540 50; < L caliginosus misty, equiv. to caligin (s. of caligo) mist + osus OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • caliginous — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Deficient in brightness: dark, dim, dusky, murky, obscure. See LIGHT …   English dictionary for students

  • caliginous — ca·lig·i·nous …   English syllables

  • caliginous — ca•lig•i•nous [[t]kəˈlɪdʒ ə nəs[/t]] adj. archaic misty; dim; dark • Etymology: 1540–50; < L cālīginōsus misty =cālīgin , s. of cālīgō mist + ōsus ous …   From formal English to slang

  • caliginous — /kəˈlɪdʒənəs/ (say kuh lijuhnuhs) adjective Rare misty; dim; dark. {Latin cālīginōsus misty} –caliginosity /kəlɪdʒəˈnɒsəti/ (say kuhlijuh nosuhtee), noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • caliginous — adjective dark and misty and gloomy • Similar to: ↑dark …   Useful english dictionary

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