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ground color

Also called ground coat. a primary coat of paint; priming; base coat.
the background color, as of a painting or decoration.
Origin of ground color
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ground color of Smilisca baudini is pale green to brown dorsally and white to creamy yellow ventrally.

  • The ground color in most cases is effected by dyeing the cloth in some solid color.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • They lay a single egg, the ground color of which is buff; they are quite heavily blotched with brownish.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The ground color of the ceiling is blue and covered with symbolic birds.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • It was frequently necessary to give a ground color to the hair, the lower part being dyed a different shade from the tips.

  • The eggs are rounder and their ground color whiter than the eggs of other sparrows.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Their eggs are of the same size and similarly marked as the last, but the ground color is more gray or olive.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The ground color is usually neutral and may originally have been white or brown cotton.

    Chincha Plain-weave cloths Lila M. O'Neale
  • For, I must tell you, the leopard lives in so many countries that he varies in size and in ground color in different countries.

  • The lateral edges of the mark are sharply defined, but at its anterior and posterior ends it blends into the ground color.

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