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incarnadine

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adjective in·car·na·dine \in-ˈkär-nə-ˌdīn, -ˌdēn, -dən\

Definition of incarnadine

  1. 1 :  having the pinkish color of flesh

  2. 2 :  red; especially :  bloodred

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Carn- is the Latin root for "flesh," and "incarnates" is Latin for flesh-colored. English speakers picked up the "pinkish" sense of "incarnadine" back in the late 1500s. Since then, the adjective has come to refer to the dark red color of freshly cut, fleshy meat as well as to the pinkish color of the outer skin of some humans. The word can be used as a verb, too, meaning "to redden." Shakespeare used it that way in Macbeth: "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red."

Origin and Etymology of incarnadine

Middle French incarnadin, from Old Italian incarnadino, from incarnato flesh-colored, from Late Latin incarnatus


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incarnadine

verb in·car·na·dine

Definition of incarnadine

incarnadined

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incarnadining

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make incarnadine :  redden

First Known Use of incarnadine

1605


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