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A.Word.A.Day--titian

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This week's theme: eponyms -- words coined after someone.

titian (TISH-uhn) noun

A bright reddish or golden auburn color.

[After 16th century Italian painter Titian, from the frequent use of the color (especially for the hair) in his paintings.]

See more usage examples of titian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The titian-haired sleuth (Nancy Drew) has left her mark on American womanhood for generations now." Marjorie Kehe; The Titian-haired Sleuth All American Girls Love; The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Massachusetts); Oct 4, 2005.

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