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Jun 30, 2016
This week’s theme
Color words derived from animals

This week’s words
vermeil
teal
ponceau
taupe

taupe
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taupe

PRONUNCIATION:
(toap, rhymes with rope)

MEANING:
noun: A brownish gray, similar to the color of moleskin.
adjective: Of a brownish gray color.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French taupe (mole), from Latin talpa (mole). Earliest documented use: 1911.

USAGE:
“White and taupe are ideal for any space in which you wish to create a neutral palette or soothing atmosphere.”
Cathy Hobbs; Clearing Up Gray Areas About the Use of White; Orlando Sentinel (Florida); Jun 18, 2016.

See more usage examples of taupe in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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