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From Middle French ombrageux, or from umbrage +‎ -ous.



umbrageous (comparative more umbrageous, superlative most umbrageous)

  1. Having shade; shady; having shade provided by thick foliage.
    • 1858, R M Ballantyne, The Coral Island:
      ... without which the stem could not have supported its heavy and umbrageous top.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 130:
      Rhodes gazed wistfully into the dense umbrageous tangle whence his host had disappeared.
  2. (figuratively) Irritable, easily upset.

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