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Colors


Your ancestor's violet hose may actually have been blue. The following colors are from Everyday Life in Renaissance England from 1485-1649 by Kathy Lynn Emerson, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and Alexander Schmidt's Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary.


abraham.
auburn

beasar.
brown, the color of a bezoar stone (concretions found in the systems of animals and thought to have magical powers)

bice.
blue; formerly (Middle English) brownish or dark grey

bleeche.
orange

brassel.
brownish-red

Bristol, bristol.
red

cane.
ligth yellow

carnation.
flesh color

claie-color.
deep cream

crane.
greyish white

dead Spaniard.
neutral

gingerline.
reddish violet

goose turd.
yellowish green

hair, maiden hair.
bright tan

heare.
hare color - brown

horseflesh.
pinkish brown or bronze

incarnate.
light rosy pink or crimson

isabelle, isabella.
light buff

Kendal, kendal.
green

Lincoln, lincoln.
bright green, the color used by archers; named for it's city of origin

lion-tawny.
ochre-orange

lusty gallant.
light red

maiden's blush.
delicate pink

maiden hair, hair.
bright tan

milk-and-water.
bluish-white

murrey.
purplish red; mulberry

orange-tawny.
orange-brown, dark yellow

parti-colored.
marbled; variegated

peach-color.
deep pink, the color of peach blossom

pease-porridge tawny.
brownish green

plunket.
sky blue or light greyish blue

popinjay.
parrot-colored, us. green but may be blue

primrose.
pale yellow

puke.
dirty brown; also dark or inky

rat.
grey

roy.
bright tawny

russet.
dark or reddish brown; reddish. The fabric russet may be gray.

sanguine.
blood red

sheep-colour.
off-white, natural

stammel.
red

tawny.
dusky brown-orange; yellowish dark color

violet.
indigo

virli.
vivid green

wachet, watchet.
pale blue, sometimes pale greenish blue

wash-coloured.
probably pale blue; 'wash' was a term for stale urine used a fixative for indigo dye

whey.
bluish-white.

willow.
light green or grey-green




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