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Word Prompt: Colour


Colour is important in creativity and it can often be hard to describe colour in an original way when writing. I found this great list of obscure colour words on Tumblr which are interesting and evocative. Try replacing an ordinary colour word you’d use with one of these in a poem or a short story or use the word as a prompt itself – see if you can work your way through them.

Happy Writing!

Obscure Colour Words:

albicant: whitish; becoming white

amaranthine: immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour

aubergine: eggplant; a dark purple colour

azure: light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue

celadon: pale green; pale green glazed pottery

cerulean: sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green

chartreuse: yellow-green colour

cinnabar: red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour

citrine: dark greenish-yellow

eburnean: of or like ivory; ivory-coloured

erythraean: reddish colour

flavescent: yellowish or turning yellow

greige: of a grey-beige colour

haematic: blood coloured

heliotrope: purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror

hoary: pale silver-grey colour; grey with age

isabelline: greyish yellow

jacinthe: orange colour

kermes: brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects

lovat: grey-green; blue-green

madder: red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour

mauve: light bluish purple

mazarine: rich blue or reddish-blue colour

russet: reddish brown

sable: black; dark; of a black colour in heraldry

saffron: orange-yellow

sarcoline: flesh-coloured

smaragdine: emerald green

tilleul: pale yellowish-green

titian: red-gold, reddish brown

vermilion: bright red

virid: green

viridian: chrome green

xanthic: yellow

zinnober: chrome green



2 comments on “Word Prompt: Colour

  1. erichmichaels
    December 13, 2014

    A wonderful palette to choose from. Quite a few I’ve never heard of. Thank you.


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