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tawny

[taw-nee] /ˈtɔ ni/
adjective, tawnier, tawniest.
1.
of a dark yellowish or dull yellowish-brown color.
noun
2.
a shade of brown tinged with yellow; dull yellowish brown.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tauny < Anglo-French taune < Middle French tané, past participle of taner to tan
Related forms
tawnily, adverb
tawniness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tawniness

tawny

/ˈtɔːnɪ/
noun
1.
  1. a light brown to brownish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective) tawny port
Derived Forms
tawniness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tané, from taner to tan1
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Word Origin and History for tawniness
tawny
"tan-colored," late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. tauné "associated with the brownish-yellow of tanned leather," from O.Fr. tané (12c.), pp. of taner "to tan hides," from M.L. tannare (see tan).
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