incarnadine 1590s (adj.) "flesh-colored," from Fr. incarnadine, from dialectal It. incarnadino "flesh-color," from L.L. incarnatio (see INCARNATION (Cf. incarnation)). The verb properly would mean "to make flesh colored," but the modern meaning "make red," and the entire survival of the verb, is traceable to "Macbeth" II ii. (1605). Its direct root might be the noun incarnadine "blood-red; flesh-color," though this is not attested until 1620s.

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  • Incarnadine — In*car na*dine, v. t. To dye red or crimson. [1913 Webster] Will all great Neptune s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incarnadine — [in kär′nə dīn΄, in kär′nədin, in kär′nədēn΄] adj. [Fr incarnadin < It incarnatino < incarnato < LL(Ec) incarnatus: see INCARNATE] 1. flesh colored; pink 2. red; esp., blood red n. the color of either flesh or blood vt. incarnadined,… …   English World dictionary

  • Incarnadine — In*car na*dine, a. [F. incarnadin, It. incarnatino; L. pref. in in + caro, carnis, flesh. Cf. {Carnation}, {Incarnate}.] Flesh colored; of a carnation or pale red color. [Obs.] Lovelace. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incarnadine — 1. adjective /ɪnˈkɑːnədaɪn/ a) Of the blood red colour of raw flesh. , 1992: ‘Basically I am a very good person.’ This from the latest serial killer – destined for the chair, they say – who, with incarnadine axe, recently dispatched half a dozen… …   Wiktionary

  • incarnadine — /in kahr neuh duyn , din, deen /, adj., n., v., incarnadined, incarnadining. adj. 1. blood red; crimson. 2. flesh colored; pale pink. n. 3. an incarnadine color. v.t. 4. to make incarnadine. [1585 95; < MF, fem. of incarnadin flesh colored < It… …   Universalium

  • incarnadine — /ɪnˈkanədaɪn/ (say in kahnuhduyn) adjective 1. flesh coloured; pale red. 2. crimson. –noun 3. an incarnadine colour. –verb (t) (incarnadined, incarnadining) 4. to make incarnadine. {French incarnadin, from Italian dialect incarnadino, from Late… …   Australian English dictionary

  • incarnadine — I. adjective Etymology: Middle French incarnadin, from Old Italian incarnadino, from incarnato flesh colored, from Late Latin incarnatus Date: 1591 1. having the pinkish color of flesh 2. red; especially bloodred II. transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • incarnadine — ● incarnadin, incarnadine adjectif (italien incarnadino, forme dialectale de incarnatino) incarnadin nom masculin (italien incarnadino, forme dialectale de incarnatino) Littéraire. De couleur légèrement incarnate …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • incarnadine — in•car•na•dine [[t]ɪnˈkɑr nəˌdaɪn, dɪn, ˌdin[/t]] adj. v. dined, din•ing 1) blood red; crimson 2) flesh colored 3) to make incarnadine • Etymology: 1585–95; < MF, fem. of incarnadin flesh colored < It incarnatino=incarnat(o) made flesh (see …   From formal English to slang

  • incarnadine — carnation coloured; blood red Colour Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

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