vinaceous

adjective
vi·​na·​ceous | \ vī-ˈnā-shəs How to pronounce vinaceous (audio) , vi- \

Definition of vinaceous

: of the color of red wine

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The first recorded evidence of vinaceous in English dates from 1678, shortly before the accession of Mary II. If ever the queen used vinaceous, she was probably in the confines of her landscaped garden, admiring the vinaceous shades of petals or studying the vinaceous cap of a mushroom; since its beginning, vinaceous has flourished in the earthy lexicon of horticulture and mycology. It has also taken flight in the ornithological world as a descriptive word for the unique red coloring of some birds, like the vinaceous purple finch.

First Known Use of vinaceous

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vinaceous

Latin vinaceus of wine, from vinum wine — more at wine

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“Vinaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vinaceous. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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