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canary yellow

canary (def 2).
Origin of canary yellow
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Round his middle was a canary-yellow sash, and dainty little ribbons of the same colour fluttered from the sides of his knees.

    Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In some tungsten deposits a hydrated oxide called tungstite has been formed as a canary-yellow coating at the surface.

  • Lucy found her aunt in a little room of china-blue and canary-yellow which looked out over the Park.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The cultivated tree is distinguished by its darker green leaves, and by its smaller, bright, canary-yellow flowers.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The wing coverts with bluish cinereous gray edgings; two wing bands white, faintly tinged with canary-yellow.

  • He wore a dirty suit of livery, that once had been canary-yellow; and shook with the palsy.

    The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  • He had laid aside his canary-yellow and black suit, but his flight bewrayed the goldfinch.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • They dye these stuffs with the red juice extracted from the fruit of a species of fig-tree, or in canary-yellow.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • It was too much that the mistress of the house should have left her canary-yellow silk sweater on the foot of one bed.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • Yesterday she had seen Fern Mullins in boots and tweed skirt and canary-yellow sweater, fleet and self-possessed.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for canary-yellow

canary yellow

  1. a moderate yellow colour, sometimes with a greenish tinge
  2. (as adjective): a canary-yellow car
Sometimes shortened to canary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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