COLOUR TERMS I
 




WordDefinition
aeneousshining bronze colour
albicantwhitish; becoming white
albugineouslike the white of an eye or an egg; white-coloured
amaranthineimmortal; undying; deep purple-red colour
argentthe heraldic colour silver or white
atrousjet black
aubergineeggplant; a dark purple colour
aurulentgold-coloured
azulineblue
azurelight or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue
badiouschestnut-coloured
beigelight creamy white-brown
brunneousdark brown
burnetdark brown; dark woollen cloth
caesiousbluish or greyish green
cardinaldeep scarlet red colour
castaneouschestnut-coloured
castorybrown colour; brown dye derived from beaver pelts
celadonpale green; pale green glazed pottery
celestesky blue
ceruleansky-blue; dark blue; sea-green
cesiousbluish-grey
chartreuseyellow-green colour
chlorochrousgreen-coloured
chrysochlorousgreenish-gold
cineriousashen; ash-grey
cinnabarred crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour
citreouslemon-coloured; lemony
citrinedark greenish-yellow
claretdark red-purple colour; a dark-red wine
coccineousbright red
columbineof or like a dove; dove-coloured
coquelicotbrilliant red; poppy red
corbeaublackish green
cramoisycrimson
cretaceousof or resembling chalk; of a whitish colour
croceatesaffron-coloured
cyaneoussky blue
eau-de-nilpale green colour
eburneanof or like ivory; ivory-coloured
erythraeanreddish colour
ferruginousof the colour of rust; impregnated with iron
filemotdead-leaf colour; dull brown
flammeousflame-coloured
flavescentyellowish or turning yellow
fuliginoussooty; dusky; soot-coloured; of or pertaining to soot
fulvousdull yellow; tawny
fuscousbrown; tawny; dingy
gambogereddish-yellow colour
glaucoussea-green; greyish-blue
goldenroddark golden yellow
greigeof a grey-beige colour
gridelinviolet-grey
griseouspearl-grey or blue-grey; grizzled
haematicblood-coloured
heliotropepurplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror
hoarypale silver-grey colour; grey with age
hyacinthineof a blue or purple colour
ianthineviolet-coloured
ibislarge stork-like bird; a pale apricot colour
icterineyellowish or marked with yellow
icteritiousjaundiced; yellow
incarnadinecarnation-coloured; blood-red
indigodeep blue-violet colour; a blue-violet dye
infuscateclouded or tinged with brown; obscured; cloudy brown colour
isabellinegreyish yellow
jacintheorange colour
jessamyyellow like a jasmine
kermesbrilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects
khakilight brown or tan
lateritiousbrick-red
leucochroicwhite or pale-coloured
liardgrey; dapple-grey
lovatgrey-green; blue-green
luridred-yellow; yellow-brown
luteolousyellowish
luteousgolden-yellow
lutescentyellowish
madderred dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour
magentareddish purple
maroonbrownish crimson
mauvelight bluish purple
mazarinerich blue or reddish-blue colour
melanicblack; very dark
melichroushaving a honey-like colour
melinecanary-yellow
miniaceouscolour of reddish lead
miniumvermilion; red lead
modenacrimson
moreldark-coloured horse; blackish colour
nacaratbright orange-red
nankeenbuff-coloured; durable buff-coloured cotton
nigricantof a blackish colour
nigrineblack
niveoussnowy; white
ochreyellowish or yellow-brown colour
ochroleucousyellowish white
olivaceousolive-coloured
orheraldic colour gold or yellow
pavonatedpeacock-blue
periwinklea bluish or azure colour; a plant with bluish flowers
persedark blue or bluish-grey; cloth of such a colour
phoeniceousbright scarlet-red colour
piceouslike pitch; inflammable; reddish black
plumbeousleaden; lead-coloured
ponceaupoppy red
porphyrouspurple
porraceousleek-green
prasinousleek-green colour
primrosepale yellow
puccoonblood-root; dark red colour
pucebrownish-purple; purplish-pink
puniceousbright or purplish red
purpureheraldic colour purple
purpurealpurple
pyrrhousreddish; ruddy
rhodopsinvisual purple
rubiginousrusty-coloured
rubiousruby red; rusty
rufousreddish or brownish-red
russetreddish brown
sableblack; dark; of a black colour in heraldry
saffronorange-yellow
sagegrey-green colour
sanguineousbloody; of, like or pertaining to blood; blood-red
sapphiredeep pure blue
sarcolineflesh-coloured
sepiafine brown
sinopiapreparatory drawing for a fresco; reddish-brown colour
slatedull dark blue-grey
smaltdeep blue
smaragdineemerald green
solferinopurplish red
sorrelreddish-brown; light chestnut
spadiceouschestnut-coloured
stammelcoarse woollen fabric, usually dyed red; bright red colour
stramineousstrawy; light; worthless; straw-coloured
suedelight beige
sulphureousbright yellow
tantawny brown
taupebrownish-grey
tawnybrownish-yellow
tealgreenish-blue
terracottareddish-brown
testaceousof or having a hard shell; brick-red
tilleulpale yellowish-green
titianred-gold or reddish-brown
topazdark yellow
turquoiseblue-green
ultramarinedeep blue
umberbrownish red
vermeilbright red or vermilion colour; gilded silver
vermilionbright red
vinaceouswine-coloured
vinousdeep red; burgundy
violaceousviolet-coloured
violetbluish purple
virescentbecoming green or greenish; of a greenish colour
viridgreen
viridianchrome green
vitellarybright yellow
wallfloweryellowish-red
watchetpale blue
wheatenthe golden colour of ripe wheat
wheyoff-white
willowishof the colour of willow leaves
xanthicyellow; yellowish
zinnoberchrome green