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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Definitions for celadon

  1. A pale gray-green.
  2. Any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
  3. Any porcelain imitating these.

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Citations for celadon
The detail was striking and the cream, salmon, and celadon of the offset colors realistic, if slightly dated. David Foster Wallace, The Pale King
Far out, the bay had a glaze like celadon. Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
Origin of celadon
1760-1770
The word celadon stems from the name of a character in the 1610 book L'Astrée by Honoré d'Urfé. The character Céladon was a sentimental lover who wore bright green clothes.
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