One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bright crimson or pinkish-red colour.as modifier ‘an incarnadine rose’
Colour (something) a bright crimson or pinkish-red.‘a spreading red stain incarnadined the sea’
- ‘He had not been much to look at before the Changement ceremony, which had incarnadined his eyes and turned his brown hair silver.’
- ‘Let the light of the burning building scare the nightingales and incarnadine the willows.’
Late 16th century: from French incarnadin(e), from Italian incarnadino, variant of incarnatino ‘flesh colour’, based on Latin incarnare (see incarnate).
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