incarnadine








adjective

  1. blood-red; crimson.
  2. flesh-colored; pale pink.

noun

  1. an incarnadine color.

verb (used with object), in·car·na·dined, in·car·na·din·ing.

  1. to make incarnadine.

verb

  1. (tr) to tinge or stain with red

adjective

  1. of a pinkish or reddish colour similar to that of flesh or blood

1590s (adj.) “flesh-colored,” from French incarnadine, from dialectal Italian incarnadino “flesh-color,” from Late Latin incarnatio (see incarnation). The verb properly would mean “to make flesh colored,” but the modern meaning “make red,” and the entire survival of the verb, is traceable to “Macbeth” II ii. (1605). Its direct root might be the noun incarnadine “blood-red; flesh-color,” though this is not attested until 1620s.

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