ground color

noun
1.
Also called ground coat. a primary coat of paint; priming; base coat.
2.
the background color, as of a painting or decoration.

Origin:
1605–15

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Back brownish with noticeable streaks and pinkish ground color.
Ground color is light to dark brown or gray, sometimes with a slightly
  yellowish or reddish tone.
Ground color may vary from light brown to dark green.
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