Lesser-Known Color Vocabulary: A Through C

Lesser-Known Color Vocabulary: A Through C


With a little help from the Phrontistery and a colors study series by CLmember Miaki, we've put together a guide to lesser-known color vocabulary.

Aeneous

shining bronze colour

Albicant

whitish; becoming white

Albugineous

like the white of an eye or an egg; white-coloured

Amaranthine

immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour

Argent

the heraldic colour silver or white

Atrous

jet black

Aubergine

eggplant; a dark purple colour

Aurulent

gold-coloured

Azuline

blue

Azure

light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue

Badious

chestnut-coloured

Beige

light creamy white-brown

Brunneous

dark brown

Burnet

dark brown; dark woollen cloth

Caesious

bluish or greyish green

Cardinal

deep scarlet red colour

Castaneous

chestnut-coloured

Castory

brown colour; brown dye derived from beaver pelts

Celadon

pale green; pale green glazed pottery

Celeste

sky blue

Cerulean

sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green

Cesious

bluish-grey

Chartreuse

yellow-green colour

Chlorochrous

green-coloured

Chrysochlorous

greenish-gold

Cinerious

ashen; ash-grey

Cinnabar

red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour

Citreous

lemon-coloured; lemony

Citrine

dark greenish-yellow

Claret

dark red-purple colour; a dark-red wine

Coccineous

bright red

Columbine

of or like a dove; dove-coloured

Coquelicot

brilliant red; poppy red

Corbeau

blackish green

Cramoisy

crimson

Cretaceous

of or resembling chalk; of a whitish colour

Croceate

saffron-coloured

Cyaneous

sky blue

See the rest of the alphabet: A - C, D - L, M - R, S - Z.


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Miaka

oh my gosh! I'm excited that my color study got recognized! Thank you!

retsof

I have an original stamp colour chart made for Stanley Gibbons in the 1930s. It may be slightly faded, but I tried to get a decent color from the 100 "stamps" on here. You may also search for retsof palettes starting with 1930s (without quotes).

Open each color to see the graphic scan from the original.
Brown-LakeCrimsonCarmineCarmine-RedCarmine-PinkBright_RoseBrick-RedChrome-Yellow

retsof

There must be a character limit. I broke these up. Notice that these hues are lighter than the bright colors of today. Scarlet and crimson are DEFINITELY thought of now as very scalding colors.
AzureBright_UltramarineCobaltBright_VioletBright_PurpleClaret

retsof

This reminds me to continue. I have an original color name dictionary with printed color spots from 1930, and a revised edition with a home and garden supplement from 1950. The revised has more names, and the color printing was better in 1930, with spot ink colors....tough to do for 7200 choices.

tenkerasu

wow this is cool - get more!

evad

oh, there will be more, don't you worry. and i'll keep your color dictionary series in mind, retsof.

thanks everyone.

lizcrimson

what fun. do keep adding more!

Autumn Rain

Wow... I knew a lot of those! I guess it's from going through my word processor's thesaurus and looking up other words for the normal colors. ;o lawl.

I have one palette.. http://www.colourlovers.com/color/EF6122/Titian

But I know a few colors. ;)

Titian;; bright auburn
Damask;; grayish pink-color
carmine;; deep red
lovat;; muted dusty mixture of green and yellow or green and blue
heliotrope;; bluish purple

That's about it.. ;) Keep adding! One of my favorite posts, so far. :D

Amaranthine

excellent work!
I recognized quite a few myself! ;D
I await the next installment with interest.

Tawny

Excellent idea! I was a little concerned about the lack of 'Bs' at first, but my fears were calmed. I look forward to the next installment wth great anticipation.

Umami_Cakes

Miaka is just fabulous like that! ^_^ Much <3 for her.

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