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incarnadine v : make flesh-colored

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Etymology

French incarnadine, from Italian incarnadino, a varient of incarnatino ‘carnation, flesh-colour’, from incarnato ‘incarnate’, from Latin incarnari ‘be made flesh’, from in- + caro ‘flesh’.

Pronunciation

IPA: /ɪn'kɑ:nədaɪn/

Adjective

incarnadine
  1. of the blood red colour of raw flesh.
  2. of a general red colour
    • 1992: ‘Basically I am a very good person.’ This from the latest serial killer – destined for the chair, they say – who, with incarnadine axe, recently dispatched half a dozen registered nurses in Texas. — Donna Tartt, The Secret History
    • 1955: 'The chaplain glanced at the bridge table that served as his desk and saw only the abomanible orange-red, pear-shaped, plum tomato he had obtained that same morning from Colonel Cathcart, still lying on its side where he had forgotten it like an indestructible and incarnadine symbol of his own ineptitude.' - Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Noun

incarnadine
  1. the blood red colour of raw flesh.
    incarnadine colour:   
  2. red in general

Translations

colour
  • Japanese: 肉色 (にくしょく, nikushoku)

Verb

  1. to cause to be the blood-red colour of raw flesh
    • The multitudinous seas incarnadine ... - Macbeth, Shakespeare.
  2. to cause to be red or crimson

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