This has been a very colorful morning — I was just thinking of the Donovan song “Wear Your Love Like Heaven”, which is full of cool terms for colors.
Then, in digging through a site that lists interesting words that begin with “I” in hopes of finding a topic for today, it was interesting to see how many of these words related to color. For instance:
Ianthine – Violet-colored
Ictorine – Yellowish or marked with yellow
Indigo (of course) – Deep Blue Violet Color
Iridian – Having the colors of the rainbow
Isabelline – Greyish-yellow
Isochr0ous – Having a uniform color
Ivorine – White and smooth, like ivory
Infernate – Smoky, blackened
Incarnadine – Carnation-colored, blood-red
Inaurate – Gilded, golden
Idiochromatic – Having unique or distinctive coloration
These are obviously not words likely to come in casual conversation, most of them. In fact, they make me think of paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite or Romanticist school, colorful, vivid images, like this one:
And here endeth the vocabulary lesson for today.
As J.S. Bach used to write, Soli Deo Gloria!