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Autumn colors

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ecru
russet
sorrel
umber
subfusc

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Autumn is here. Last week marked the arrival of fall, the festival of colors. As you relish the golden yellows, bright oranges, and cheery reds of falling leaves as a feast for the eyes, use this week's words in A.Word.A.Day to celebrate the variety of hues.

ecru

PRONUNCIATION:
(EK-roo, AY-kroo)

MEANING:
adjective: Of a pale brown color, like raw silk or unbleached linen; beige.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French écru (raw, unbleached), from Latin crudus (raw). Some cousins of this word are cruel, pancreas, and crude.

USAGE:
"Like those of us doomed to repeat history, women seem to buy the same item over and over again. The Buffer's small point of information 'You've already got a top just like that' is rebuffed with: 'No, the old one (relative term, here) is taupe The new one is ecru.'"
Tom Shields; Men's Place is Secondary in Any Battle of the Wardrobe; Sunday Herald (Glasgow, UK); Sep 4, 2005.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In reality, every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. -Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922)

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