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Brown. adj. [bꞃun, Saxon.] The name of a colour, compounded of black and any other colour.

Brown, in High Dutch, is called braun; in the Netherlands, bruyn; in French, coleur brune; in Italian, bruno; in Greek, ὀρφυινω ἄιθοψ, from the colour of the Ethiopians; ἀιθω is to burn, and ὠψ, a face; for that blackness or swarthiness in their faces, is procured through heat. In Latin it is called fuscus, quasi φῶς σκιᾶται, that is, from darkening or overshadowing the light; or of φωσκεῖν, which is to burn or scorch. Peacham.

I like the new tire within excellently, if the hair were a little browner. Shakesp. Much ado about Nothing.

From whence high Ithaca overlooks the floods,
Brown with o'ercharging shades and pendent woods.

          Long untravell'd heaths,
With desolation brown, he wanders waste.

Sources: Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23) · Peacham, Henry (53) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Thomson, James (73)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Dutch (90) · French (385) · Greek (126) · Italian (29) · Latin (690) · Saxon (215)

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