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Venetian red

a red pigment, originally prepared from a natural oxide of iron, now usually made by calcining a mixture of lime and ferrous sulfate.
a dark shade of orangish red.
Origin of Venetian red
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There are frequent stretches of yellow, here and there flecked with patches or bands of Venetian red.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • Yes, the hair was red, Venetian red with a glimmer of sunshine in it.

    In to the Yukon William Seymour Edwards
  • Some of them, like Venetian red to give color, are positively poisonous.

    Six Cups of Coffee Maria Parloa
  • The ground color is made by tinting white lead with ochre, Venetian red and burnt umber.

    Graining and Marbling Frederick Maire
  • To the white lead base should be added yellow ochre and Venetian red.

    Graining and Marbling Frederick Maire
British Dictionary definitions for Venetian red

Venetian red

natural or synthetic ferric oxide used as a red pigment
  1. a moderate to strong reddish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): a Venetian-red coat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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