a moderate to dark brownish gray, sometimes slightly tinged with purple, yellow, or green.

1910–15; < French < Latin talpa mole

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taupe (təʊp)
a.  a brownish-grey colour
 b.  (as adjective): a taupe coat
[C20: from French, literally: mole, from Latin talpa]

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Word Origin & History

1880s, "a mole," later (1911) "dark brownish-gray color" (the color of moleskin), from Fr. taupe, the color, originally "a mole," from L. talpa "a mole."
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Example sentences
Our home used to be a pinkish-taupe, which was a horrible background for yellow- or chartreuse-leaved plants.
Arrange miniature deep green conifers around a trio of taller lime green ones in a low taupe bowl.
Instead of a montage of taupe and gray, it featured a few spots of beige.
These plastic lawn chairs come in white, green and taupe.
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