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celadon

[sel-uh-don, -dn] /ˈsɛl əˌdɒn, -dn/
noun
1.
any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
2.
any porcelain imitating these.
3.
a pale gray-green.
adjective
4.
having the color celadon.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; named after Céladon, name of a character in L' Astrée, a tale by H. d'Urfé (1568-1625), French writer
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Examples from the web for celadon
  • The glistening celadon green urn creates a cool, eye-catching fountain on a rear terrace.
  • Examples of these are the celadon and monochrome porcelains.
  • Soft celadon glazes highlight the decorative marks that pattern the rich surfaces of my pots.
British Dictionary definitions for celadon

celadon

/ˈsɛləˌdɒn/
noun
1.
a type of porcelain having a greyish-green glaze: mainly Chinese
2.
a pale greyish-green colour, sometimes somewhat yellow
Word Origin
C18: from French, from the name of the shepherd hero of L'Astrée (1610), a romance by Honoré d'Urfé
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Word Origin and History for celadon
n.

"pale grayish-green," 1768, from French Céladon, name of a character in the romance of "l'Astrée" by Honoré d'Urfé (1610); an insipidly sentimental lover who wore bright green clothes, he is named in turn after Greek Keladon, a character in Ovid's "Metamorphoses," whose name is said to mean "sounding with din or clamor." The mineral celadonite (1868) is so called for its color.

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