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No Critters Harmed: Colors Inspired by Living Animals


In a previous episode on words for different colors, an episode called Ingrained: A Crush of Color, I talked about the names we have for colors based on animals who have been crushed to create the color or from whom we’ve extracted their secretions to create colors or pigments. Today, we talk about the names for colors whose histories are a lot easier on animals, because they’re inspired by the colors of living animals. 

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In This Episode

Colleen celebrates the history of these color names and reveals the animals in their origins:

  • Taupe (mole)
  • Merlot (blackbird)
  • Vermillion (red worm)
  • Palomino (dove)
  • Teal (duck)
  • Ivory (elephant)
  • Piebald (magpie)
  • Buff (buffalo)
  • Fawn (deer)
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