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Monday, July 26, 2004

Definitions for incarnadine

  1. Having a fleshy pink color.
  2. Red; blood-red.
  3. To make red or crimson.

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Citations for incarnadine
Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.
Shakespeare, Macbeth
In a night of rain, the ruddy reflections of their lights incarnadine the clouds till the entire city appears to be the prey of a monster conflagration. Alvan F. Sanborn, The Atlantic
Origin of incarnadine
1585-1595
From Italian incarnatino, which came from the Latin incarnato, something incarnate, made flesh, from in + caro, carn-, "flesh." It is related to carnation, etymologically the flesh-colored flower; incarnate, "in the flesh; made flesh"; and carnal, "pertaining to the body or its appetites."
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