tawny

[taw-nee]
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; Middle English tauny < Anglo-French taune < Middle French tané, past participle of taner to tan

tawnily, adverb
tawniness, noun
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tawny or tawney (ˈtɔːnɪ)
 
n
a.  a light brown to brownish-orange colour
 b.  (as adjective): tawny port
 
[C14: from Old French tané, from taner to tan1]
 
tawney or tawney
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French tané, from taner to tan1]
 
'tawniness or tawney
 
n

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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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Example sentences
Usually a tawny-light brownish color, they may also be gray or reddish.
The next quality level, with more body and concentration, is tawny port.
Tawny frogmouths blend in with tree bark and stumps while sleeping during the
  day.
There is a cruel, beautiful, tawny face with pursed lips and shifty eyes.
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