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Word of the Day: Vinaceous

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Feb 15, 2020

vinaceous: adjective

Definition:

Of the colour of red wine.


DID YOU KNOW?
The first recorded evidence of vinaceous in English dates from 1678, shortly before the accession of Mary II. If ever the queen used vinaceous, she was probably in the confines of her landscaped garden, admiring the vinaceous shades of petals or studying the vinaceous cap of a mushroom; since its beginning, vinaceous has flourished in the earthy lexicon of horticulture and mycology. It has also taken flight in the ornithological world as a descriptive word for the unique red coloring of some birds, like the vinaceous purple finch.

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