15 Very Specific Colors You Didn't Know Had Names
Go beyond the crayon box with these little-known colors. Hey, you might even find a new shade for your living room walls.
It sounds like an indie band or hip Brooklyn bar. Alas, filemot's just the color of a dead leaf.
You've heard of cobalt blue. Meet cobalt yellow, more formally known as aureolin.
Jessamy is the pale white-yellow color of jasmine flowers. Most people just call it “jasmine.”
It's a flower, but also that psychedelic purple seen on tie-dye shirts.
That shade of blue found in a peacock's tail feathers? It's pavo, pronounced, "PAY-voh."
A rufous bird has red feathers, hence this color name.
Whether we're talking minerals or hues, it's easy to confuse malachite with emerald. The big difference: Malachite has a grey undertone.
Vinaceous may mean wine-colored, but not all wine is vinaceous. The term only refers to reds.
If you love that medium blue found in Chinese porcelain, you're smitten with smalt.
Of course the color's a little loud. It's named after a commedia dell'arte stock character.
It doesn't sound too sweet, but melichrous describes things that are the color of honey.
12. Eau de Nil
High school French to the rescue! Translating to "Water of the Nile," eau de nil is a pale yellowish-green commonly associated with 1930s fashion and decor.
Ciel is a soothing light blue just one 'o' short of the Spanish word for "sky." It's also a popular color for medical scrubs.
It's a village in northern Italy and also a purplish red.
Feldgrau, which translates to "field gray," is the gray-green seen in Army jackets and camouflage.