By Ian Paterson
With extra tha 4,000 enteries, this dictionary is the 1st of its style: a treasury of colour phrases and words, a entire source for exploring each point of colour.
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C beet Deep purple-red after the vegetable of the same name. n beet red, beetroot red The food additive (E162) producing a reddish purple colouring. Also called betanin. c beetroot red The deep reddish-purple of the vegetable, beetroot. ). c begonia Yellowish-red found in the flower of the same name. c beige adjective a adverb adv a colour c noun n prefix pr suffix su verb vb A light brown or yellowish grey. Popular for fashion fabrics but ‘renamed’ camel, taupe, stone or sand to avoid appearing dated!
Its meaning changed during the 16th century when (perhaps because it was sometimes spelt ‘abrun’) it came to be associated with the colour brown. n audition colorée See synæsthesia and colour hearing. pr aur-, auri-, auro-, aurat- (L) Gold, golden. n auramine A yellow dye. 28 A D I C T I O N A R Y O F C O L O U R pr auranti- (L) Orange. n aurantia Orange-yellow dye. n Aura-Soma A form of colour therapy involving the application to the skin of a mixture of coloured oils and herbs chosen by the patient from a selection of bottles.
N autumnal colours The colours characteristic of Autumn, particularly in reference to the leaves of the trees of the English countryside with their rich variety of russets, oranges, browns, yellows and reds. In North America the amazing colour change is referred to as ‘fall foliage’. The process occurs by reason of leaves in the fall being sealed off from moisture giving rise to the chlorophyll in them breaking down. Their green colour thus gradually becomes masked by yellow, orange and brown pigments known as carotenoids also present in the leaves.