dusk

\ \ [OE] In Anglo-Saxon times, dusk was an adjective meaning ‘dark in colour’ (a sense preserved today in the derived adjective dusky [16]). Its modern noun use ‘twilight’ is not recorded until as recently as the early 17th century. The Old English form of the word was dox, which was descended from the same ultimate Indo-European ancestor as Latin fuscusdark’ (source of English obfuscate [16]).
\ \ Cf.DUN, OBFUSCALE

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  • Dusk — Dusk, v. t. To make dusk. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] After the sun is up, that shadow which dusketh the light of the moon must needs be under the earth. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dusk — Dusk, v. i. To grow dusk. [R.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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