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iron gray

a medium shade of gray, like that of freshly broken iron.
Origin of iron gray
before 1000; Middle English iren grei, Old English īsengrǣg
Related forms
iron-gray, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for iron-gray
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  • He had a steady, blue eye and a dissipated, iron-gray mustache.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • His ring was answered by a woman with iron-gray hair who inquired what he wanted.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • The iron-gray hair is white as the snow on the mountain-tops that environ him.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • "Maybe," half-assented Noll, eyeing the man with iron-gray hair.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks

    H. Irving Hancock
  • Mr. Sherwood's hair was iron-gray, thick, and inclined to curl.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • With long, well-kept fingers, he rubbed his iron-gray mustache.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • The chemist's small, iron-gray eyes were fixed on him with severity and resentment.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • He had long, iron-gray hair and a creased, fleshy face and sunken eyes.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • At last he decided on one of an iron-gray colour and very handsome.

    Our Little Turkish Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • A well-dressed man, with iron-gray moustache and hair, entered.

    The Motor Boys Overland

    Clarence Young
Word Origin and History for iron-gray

Old English isengrægum; see iron (n.) + gray. The color of freshly broken cast iron.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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