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.

Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (http://thepostfamily.com/), a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.