fulvous

adjective

ful·​vous ˈfu̇l-vəs How to pronounce fulvous (audio)
ˈfəl-
: of a dull brownish yellow : tawny

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Fulvous has never been a common word. You are most likely to encounter it in texts from the 19th century—unless, that is, you care about ducks. In that case, you might know about a kind of whistling-duck called the fulvous tree duck, which is a brownish duck with long legs and a long neck and an unusual world distribution. It lives in isolated populations in North America, South America, India, and Africa—remarkably without geographic variation. But back to fulvous: it shares a meaning with its direct ancestor, the Latin word fulvus, and fulvus itself is believed to possibly share an ancestor with flavus, Latin for "yellow."

Examples of fulvous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Appearance and Vocalization The U.S. is home to two types of whistling ducks: the black-bellied whistling duck and the fulvous whistling duck, commonly called the fulvous tree duck. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 10 Jan. 2024 However, the fulvous sports a bluish-grey bill and legs. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin fulvus; perhaps akin to Latin flavus yellow — more at blue

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fulvous was in 1664

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“Fulvous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fulvous. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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