One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of an orange-yellow or greenish yellow colour.
- ‘Just before hatching, the spots disappear, the ground colour becomes pale lemon yellow, and the shell is luteous.’
- ‘The stromatal surface color is luteous while developing but becomes dull black when fully mature, with only traces of luteous remnants found in places.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin luteus ‘yellow’ + -ous.
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