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canary yellow

canary (def 2).
Origin of canary yellow
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lower parts are canary yellow; the bird has also a yellow ring round the eye.

  • The little boy's coat was of red broadcloth, and my cape of a canary yellow, dyed at home in white-oak dye.

    McClure's Magazine December, 1895 Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
  • The Yellow Parrakeet, with its blue cheeks, is a "harmony in blue and canary yellow, and is an exceedingly lovely bird."

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • The color of the madras will be usually a canary yellow striped with black.

  • This species (Plate 111, Figs. 1, 2) is generally easily recognised by the canary yellow coloured hairs of the thorax.

  • The color of the cap is yellow, maize yellow to canary yellow, with a reddish brown tinge near the base.

  • Green and brown often appear in the border, as well as a canary yellow peculiar to Asia Minor rugs.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • The lower parts are slate-coloured tinged with green, save for the feathers of the thigh, which are canary yellow.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Our chariot was black above, canary yellow below, beautifully varnished, and with our arms blazoned on each door.

    Chantry House Charlotte M. Yonge
  • canary yellow is delicate and becoming to most, but it is German taste to wear orange.

British Dictionary definitions for canary yellow

canary yellow

  1. a moderate yellow colour, sometimes with a greenish tinge
  2. (as adjective): a canary-yellow car
Sometimes shortened to canary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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