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Friday, September 14, 2012

ecru

\EK-roo\ , adjective;
1.
Very light brown in color, as raw silk, unbleached linen, etc.
noun:
1.
An ecru color.
Quotes:
To complete the outfit, she selected an ecru cashmere sweater to drape over her shoulders and tie loosely around her neck.
-- Pamela Hackett Hobson, The Bronxville Book Club
She was wearing an ecru gown, giving the illusion of her fading into the grayness of the wall.
-- JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, Out of the Dark
Origin:
Ecru stems from the French word of the same spelling which meant "raw, unbleached." It came from the Latin root crudus meaning "raw" and the prefix es- meaning "thoroughly."
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