One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rose-coloured.‘the early, roseate light’
pink, pinkish, rose-pink, rose-coloured, red, reddish, rose-redView synonyms
- ‘Behold how gracious and beneficent smiles the roseate morn!’
- ‘A choicely clad company has assembled under a colonnade, their glossy-faced children as if chipped from roseate pearl, their spaniel dogs straight out of a scene painted by Metsu or Terborch.’
- ‘The roseate hue could symbolize the feminine and/or could evoke intimate or flushed skin.’
- ‘Naturally she has paid close attention to her immensely panniered sea-green dress and the long stomacher of roseate buckles which clasps the narrow span of her waist.’
- ‘As the L.A.-based painter makes staggeringly evident, meat is raw organic matter, streaked with stringy sinew and mottled with roseate fat.’
- ‘In recent months Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty, built in 1970 in a shallow bay of roseate water in the northeast section of Utah's Great Salt Lake, has become landlocked.’
- ‘Miraculously, both my eyes were untouched, but though Mahulda rinsed them with boric acid, I could not rid my vision of a faint roseate tint.’
- ‘Manet was starkly linear, and sober in his coloration, whilst Renoir preferred loose curves and a roseate blur.’
- 1.1 Used in names of birds with partly pink plumage, e.g. roseate tern.
red, pink, ruddy, glowing, reddish, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, healthy-looking, aglow, burning, flaming, feverish, rubicund, rosyView synonyms
- ‘The eight endangered species of birds are common scoter, hen harrier, grey partridge, corncrake, red-necked phalarope, nightjar, roseate tern and corn bunting.’
- ‘Its spread wings and belly were the same opaque, gentle roseate.’
- ‘In several drawings, the roseate forms reappear, sometimes in the corners, sometimes elsewhere, and in one or two, the emblematic Baselitz eagle, right side up and upside down.’
- ‘There were the gaudily plumed roseate spoonbills, their bright pink feathers glowing when they passed between my hide and the rising sun.’
- ‘The Musée d' Orsay has sent The Snake Charmer, my favourite Rousseau, in which a pitch-black silhouette of an Indian pipe-player, who is hung with snakes, tempts closer a pink approximation of a roseate spoonbill.’
- ‘Behind them, on the island, glorious dark-pink roseate spoonbills roost in the dry trees; further on, flamingos delicately lift into the sky when the boatman claps his hands.’
- ‘Some islands provide nesting habitat that is critical to the survival of the endangered roseate tern.’
- ‘Overhead, gulls, brown pelicans, and roseate spoonbills wheel through the steamy air.’
- ‘The park is known for its rich bird life, so focus on large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, woodstork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets.’
- ‘Volunteers are planning to make decoys and place them on the island to attract roseate terns in time for next year's nesting season.’
- ‘Warner's Island historically provided habitat for the endangered roseate tern, which prefers nesting on small islands under or adjacent to objects that provide cover.’
- ‘Ram Island had been cleared of competing gulls some years ago to open up beach nesting habitat for the endangered roseate tern (Sterna dougallii dougallii), which then flocked to nest there.’
- ‘We're beginning to see roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets, tricolored herons, more edge-dwellers who reach their northernmost ranges along the Gulf coast.’
Late Middle English: from Latin roseus ‘rosy’ (from rosa ‘rose’) + -ate.
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