darkling

[dahrk-ling]
adverb
1.
in the dark.
adjective
2.
growing dark.
3.
being or occurring in the dark; dark; obscure.
4.
vaguely threatening or menacing.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English derkeling. See dark, -ling2

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darkle

[dahr-kuhl]
verb (used without object), darkled, darkling.
1.
to appear dark; show indistinctly.
2.
to grow dark, gloomy, etc.

Origin:
1790–1800; back formation from darkling, adv. taken as present participle

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darkle (ˈdɑːkəl)
 
vb
1.  to grow dark; darken
2.  (intr) to appear dark or indistinct
 
[C19: back formation from darkling]

darkling (ˈdɑːklɪŋ)
 
adv, —adj
1.  in the dark or night
 
adj
2.  darkening or almost dark; obscure
 
[C15: from dark + -ling²]

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darkling
"in the dark," mid-15c., from dark + now-obsolete adverbial ending -ling.
"But having nothing to do with the participial -ing it does not mean growing dark &c.; from the mistaken notion that it is a participle spring both the misuse of the word itself and the spurious verb darkle." {Fowler]
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Example sentences
In that darkling calm my senses seemed preternaturally sharpened.
Using transplants may also result in reduced need for certain pesticide applications for cutworms and darkling beetles.
Two insects in particular pose problems for poultry farmers-darkling beetles, also called lesser mealworms, and hide beetles.
The tenebrionid beetle known as the darkling beetle used to be of more importance to this industry.
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