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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

celadon

\SEL-uh-don\ , noun;
1.
A pale gray-green.
2.
Any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
3.
Any porcelain imitating these.
adjective:
1.
Having the color celadon.
Quotes:
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:
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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