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caliginous

caliginous (kuh-LIJ-uh-nuhs) - adj., misty, dim, dark.


Gloomy, even. Not to be confused with cartilaginous. One of those words that looks nothing like its meaning, in part because English doesn't have other words from the root: that being Latin cālīginōsus, misty/obscure, from cālīgō, darkness, mist. (This was borrowed in the 1540s either directly or via French caligineux, our records aren't clear on the matter.)

By the time I reached Castro Street, the air had thickened to caliginous and I'd turned up my collar.

---L.
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