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ecru

[ek-roo, ey-kroo] /ˈɛk ru, ˈeɪ kru/
adjective
1.
very light brown in color, as raw silk, unbleached linen, etc.
noun
2.
an ecru color.
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[French ey-kry] /French eɪˈkrü/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < French, equivalent to é- completely (< Latin ex- ex-1) + cru raw (< Latin crūdus; see crude)
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ecru

/ˈɛkruː; ˈeɪkruː/
noun
1.
a greyish-yellow to a light greyish colour; the colour of unbleached linen
adjective
2.
of the colour ecru
Word Origin
C19: from French, from é- (intensive) + cru raw, from Latin crūdus; see crude
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ecru

adj.

1869, from French écru "raw, unbleached," from Old French escru "raw, crude, rough" (13c.), from es- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + Latin crudus "raw" (see crude).

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