incarnadine

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

Definition of incarnadine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having the pinkish color of flesh

2 : red especially : bloodred

incarnadine

verb
incarnadined; incarnadining

Definition of incarnadine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make incarnadine : redden

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Adjective

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."

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The colors are too much for words: imperial purple, incarnadine orange, gold. Ben Huberman, Longreads, "‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Has Made Traditional TV Recaps Obsolete," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of incarnadine

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incarnadine

Adjective

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

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