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ecru

[ek-roo, ey-kroo]
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adjective
  1. very light brown in color, as raw silk, unbleached linen, etc.
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noun
  1. 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 ecrus

ecru

noun
  1. a greyish-yellow to a light greyish colour; the colour of unbleached linen
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adjective
  1. of the colour ecru
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from é- (intensive) + cru raw, from Latin crūdus; see crude
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Word Origin and History for ecrus

ecru

adj.

1869, from French écru "raw, unbleached," from Old French escru "raw, crude, rough" (13c.), from es- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + Latin crudus "raw" (see crude).

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