(ˈɒb fəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌs keɪt)
v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
1. to confuse.
2. to make unclear.
3. to darken.
< Late Latin obfuscāre
+ fuscāre, derivative
of fuscus dark]
the study and collection of information about flags
[C20: from Latin vexillum flag + -logy]
also pell·mell (pĕl′mĕl′)
1. In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
2. In frantic disorderly haste; headlong: “I went to work pell-mell, blotted several sheets of paper with choice floating thoughts” (Washington Irving).
To flow out or empty, as water from a channel: “the river whose dirty waters disembogue into the harbor” (John Updike).
[From Spanish desembogue, mouth of a river, from desembocar, to flow out : des-, reversal (from Latin dis-; see dis-) + embocar, to put into the mouth (en-, in from Latin in-; see in-2 + boca, mouth, from Latin bucca, cheek).]