Turkey red


: a brilliant durable red produced on cotton by means of alizarin in connection with an aluminum mordant and fatty matter

Examples of Turkey red in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the early 19th century, Europe had started producing its own bandanas, most notably in Mulhouse, France, where dye producers developed a version of Turkey red, the color most commonly associated with bandanas today. Laura Hilgers, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Oct. 2020

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Word History



First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Turkey red was in 1734

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“Turkey red.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Turkey%20red. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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