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11 Astonishingly Beautiful Colors Whose Names You Didn’t Know

We’re all familiar with the basic colors of the rainbow. As far as most people know, there is not much else to think about when it comes to color. But while we’ve all been sitting back and living with the colors we were taught as children, others have been made without us ever knowing.

Here’s a list of colors you’ve probably never heard of:

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1. Sarcoline

When you look up the word “sarcoline,” the first thing that will pop up is its definition. The word itself means ‘flesh-colored,’ and likely would not go with most casual clothing. You’ll typically see things like nylons and shape wear in sarcoline or a shade of it. Bodysuits for certain costumes may require a flesh-tone undergarment to really sell the look.

Just imagine a sarcoline leather jacket. Creepy, right?

2. Coquelicot

Also the name of many poppies belonging to the genus Papaver, the word is most commonly associated with the wild poppy or red corn rose. It is also used to describe the orange-scarlet mix in the flower’s petals.

Who knows, somewhere down the line, we might see a famous person contemplate it as their next child’s name.

3. Smaragdine

The first thing I thought of when I came across this color was: “fish.” Traditionally, it simply meant associated or something to do with emeralds. It is now also defined as emerald green.

A cryptic piece of history, the Tabula Smaragdina or Smagardine Tablet, is this shade and supposedly contains the secret to the first step of creating the philosopher’s stone.

Who else thinks “Wizard of Oz” when they see the definition of this color?

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4. Mikado

This word was usually associated with the ruling family of Japan and anything royal. It is the word for what would be considered a ‘royal yellow.’ It was once also used to refer directly to Emperor of Japan.

5. Glaucous

Surprisingly, ‘glaucous’ has been used to refer to a specific color since 1671. But there’s more to it. While the name of a shade of blue, it is also the name for that weird blue-gray or blue-green coating you see covering grapes and plums. Rest assured, the powdery coating is perfectly harmless.

6. Wenge

This is a color that should be very familiar to anyone who buys furniture on a regular basis. It is used to describe furniture that is colored dark brown complemented with copper undertones.

It is also the name of wood that comes from an endangered legume tree known as the Millettia laurentii. I much prefer the idea of using reclaimed wood to build furniture structures.

7. Fulvous

You would not think it at all by looking at the word, but the color is most commonly used to describe the brownish-yellow feathers of ducks and owls. Some might also call the shade of yellow ‘butterscotch.’

It might also be used to describe a reddish-yellow shade as well.

8. Xanadu

Before I knew this as a color, I knew it as a musical. And other than badly thought out musical from the 80s, it’s also a city in the country of China. It is also the designation for the grey-green color of certain tropical plants.

Also, save yourself the trouble and do not watch that musical.

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9. Falu

This color, it seems, has been around me all my life but was known by a different color. Known to those in the United States as ‘barnyard red,’ this shade is named after Falun, a city in the country of Sweden.

The term ‘Falu’ is far more beautiful than something as simple as ‘barnyard red.’ Falun’s biggest claim to fame was the copper mine that was eventually closed down after collapsing and creating a 100m deep pit.

Who knew how interesting a color’s history could be?

10. Eburnean

Nothing should be simpler when it comes to colors than the color white. But there are enough varying shades to confuse anyone. Eburnean might be a word used by someone when referring to the tusks of an elephant or something made from bone.

This is the color white with a slight yellow shade to it.

11. Amaranth

Anyone familiar with the word will likely mention the Rose-red amaranth plant when it’s heard. The pigment by the same name is actually darker than the amaranth itself. But it can also mean everlasting or eternally beautiful.

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