Vandyke brown

Vandyke brown

noun
1.
a medium brown color.
2.
any of several dark-brown pigments consisting of iron oxide mixed with lampblack or similar materials.

Origin:
1840–50

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Vandyke brown
 
n
1.  a.  a moderate brown colour
 b.  (as adjective): a Vandyke-brown suit
2.  any of various brown pigments, usually consisting of a mixture of ferric oxide and lampblack

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