Word of the Day Archive
Monday May 23, 2005
pallor \PAL-uhr\ , noun:
Unusual or extreme paleness.
Across the table, Joseph appeared pale, as if he never spent enough time out-of-doors on golf courses, in ballparks, or on fishing boats. He had earned this bureaucrat's pallor honestly, behind his desk, under fluorescent light, in candlelit church ceremonials.
-- Eugene Kennedy, My Brother Joseph
Although we had known each other for a couple of years, I don't think that I had ever seen you by daylight before, so I was surprised by the pallor of your skin.
-- David Bourdon, "A Letter to Charlotte Moorman", Art in America, June 2000
Pallor is from Latin, from pallere, "to be pale."