Lesser-Known Color Vocabulary: S Through Z

Lesser-Known Color Vocabulary: S Through Z


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.

Sable

black; dark; of a black colour in heraldry

Saffron

orange-yellow

Sage

grey-green colour

Sanguineous

bloody; of, like or pertaining to blood; blood-red

Sapphire

deep pure blue

Sarcoline

flesh-coloured

Sepia

fine brown

Sinopia

preparatory drawing for a fresco; reddish-brown colour

Slate

dull dark blue-grey

Smalt

deep blue

Smaragdine

emerald green

Solferino

purplish red

Sorrel

reddish-brown; light chestnut

Spadiceous

chestnut-coloured

Stammel

coarse woollen fabric, usually dyed red; bright red colour

Stramineous

strawy; light; worthless; straw-coloured

Suede

light beige

Sulphureous

bright yellow

Tan

tawny brown

Taupe

brownish-grey

Tawny

brownish-yellow

Teal

greenish-blue

Terracotta

reddish-brown

Testaceous

of or having a hard shell; brick-red

Tilleul

pale yellowish-green

Titian

red-gold or reddish-brown

Topaz

dark yellow

Turquoise

blue-green

Ultramarine

deep blue

Umber

brownish red

Vermeil

bright red or vermilion colour; gilded silver

Vermilion

bright red

Vinaceous

wine-coloured

Vinous

deep red; burgundy

Violaceous

violet-coloured

Violet

bluish purple

Virescent

becoming green or greenish; of a greenish colour

Virid

green

Viridian

chrome green

Vitellary

bright yellow

Wallflower

yellowish-red

Watchet

pale blue

Wheaten

the golden colour of ripe wheat

Whey

off-white

Willowish

of the colour of willow leaves

Xanthic

yellow; yellowish

Zinnober

chrome green

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


11 Comments
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RobotWisdom

I'd like to see a layout of these words written in their own colors, sorted by shade rather than alphabetical, so that I can scan for near neighbors...?

e_to_the_m

So that makes tan a brownish-yellow brown? ;)
These are great, thank you.

ricster

Miaka, you know I think you rock!

Once again, I'm glad to see you receive credit for this amazing resource that you've provided for us. Although I've said it to you before, this gives just another opportunity to say it publicly, for all of us-- Thank you!

<3

Podesta

You have put together a wonderful resource here.

Excellent work that should be congratulated.

FêêH

ii nao intendii esse site mas td bem

retsof

finishing the 1930s colo(u)r series
Open each color for a scan of the color "stamps". This set includes the ever-popular color "solferino".

ScarletSalmonScarlet-VermilionVermilionYellow_(bright)Yellow_(dull)Yellow-BrownVenetian-RedSepia

nirtober

you should make a poster with all the color from A–Z. I would buy one.

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