Lesser-Known Color Vocabulary: M Through R

Lesser-Known Color Vocabulary: M Through R


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.

Madder

red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour

Magenta

reddish purple

Maroon

brownish crimson

Mauve

light bluish purple

Mazarine

rich blue or reddish-blue colour

Melanic

black; very dark

Melichrous

having a honey-like colour

Meline

canary-yellow

Miniaceous

colour of reddish lead

Minium

vermilion; red lead

Modena

crimson

Morel

dark-coloured horse; blackish colour

Nacarat

bright orange-red

Nankeen

buff-coloured; durable buff-coloured cotton

Nigricant

of a blackish colour

Nigrine

black

Niveous

snowy; white

Ochre

yellowish or yellow-brown colour

Ochroleucous

yellowish white

Olivaceous

olive-coloured

Or

heraldic colour gold or yellow

Pavonated

peacock-blue

Periwinkle

a bluish or azure colour; a plant with bluish flowers

Perse

dark blue or bluish-grey; cloth of such a colour

Phoeniceous

bright scarlet-red colour

Piceous

like pitch; inflammable; reddish black

Plumbeous

leaden; lead-coloured

Ponceau

poppy red

Porphyrous

purple

Porraceous

leek-green

Prasinous

leek-green colour

Primrose

pale yellow

Puccoon

blood-root; dark red colour

Puce

brownish-purple; purplish-pink

Puniceous

bright or purplish red

Purpure

heraldic colour purple

Purpureal

purple

Pyrrhous

reddish; ruddy

Rhodopsin

visual purple

Rubiginous

rusty-coloured

Rubious

ruby red; rusty

Rufous

reddish or brownish-red

Russet

reddish brown

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


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kilizman

Miakas_Colors
These colors are all so cool!

Faerenach

Porphyrus comes from Porphyry, a very popular stone in the Classical world, and very expensive nowadays, as there are no existing quarries. It's a beautiful colour, though.

mckinley

great work, thank you!!

iona

erudite_chromatics
I love words, and I love colors. Thanks, Miaka, for all the time you put into this!

retsof

no porphyry quarries????

Here's one in Belgium, without looking too hard ... their site is in French

http://www.cup.be/

map and pictures of the same quarry near Lessines

http://www.cmpb.net/en/lessines.php

retsof

continuing 1930s colors .... open each color for a color "stamp", made in same inks by original stamp printer

Rose-PinkRosineRose
looks a bit faded...
RedRose-RedPale_Vermilion

retsof

OliveOlive-GreenMyrtlePrussian_BluePale_UltramarineMauveMagenta

I'll get "Solferino" next time.

PurplePlum
Note: my 1930 copy of the Dictionary of Color by Maerz and Paul states that Marone or Marrone is Italian for "Spanish Chestnut". The color has been in use since the 1500s. "Maroon" didn't come around until 1789.
MaronePearl-Grey

MarkCamano

surely you can't remeber all these. i didn't even know 3/4 of these existed

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