COLOUR TERMS
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