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eau de nil

/əʊ də niːl/
noun, adjective
  1. a pale yellowish-green colour
  2. (as adjective): eau-de-nil walls
Word Origin
French, literally: water of (the) Nile
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Historical Examples
  • The peacock brocade, the eau de nil, the crocus yellow, but once—twice at the uttermost.

  • Miss Douce said yes, sitting with his ex, pearl grey and eau de nil.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • She heard the judge's daughter speak of eau de nil chiffon, and a hat turned up at the side.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • A brown colour, or "eau de nil," might appear to come out of the range of matching.

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