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ecru

[ ek-roo, ey-kroo ]
/ ˈɛk ru, ˈeɪ kru /
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adjective
very light brown in color, as raw silk, unbleached linen, etc.
noun
an ecru color.
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Also é·cru [French ey-kry]. /French eɪˈkrü/.

Origin of ecru

1865–70; <French, equivalent to é- completely (<Latin ex-ex-1) + cru raw (<Latin crūdus;see crude)
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British Dictionary definitions for ecru

ecru
/ (ˈɛkruː, ˈeɪkruː) /

noun
a greyish-yellow to a light greyish colour; the colour of unbleached linen
adjective
of the colour ecru

Word Origin for ecru

C19: from French, from é- (intensive) + cru raw, from Latin crūdus; see crude
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