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flesh color

  1. (no longer in common use; now considered offensive) a yellowish pink or pinkish cream color (approximating the skin color of a white person).
  2. a color that falls within the spectrum of human skin colors.
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Origin of flesh color

First recorded in 1605–15; def. 1 from approximating the color of a white person's skin
Related formsflesh-col·ored, adjective

Usage alert

While flesh color originally meant the skin tone of white people, that meaning has been criticized as exclusionary and is now considered offensive. In fact, the term is no longer commonly used without qualifying it with a specific hue, such as tan flesh color , peach flesh color , or black flesh color . The word nude has historically been used to describe a similar hue approximating a white person's skin color and has been criticized for the same reason.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for flesh color

Historical Examples of flesh color

  • Gills narrow, close, adnexed or free, whitish or tinged with flesh-color.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • Gills are free from the stem, white at first then flesh-color.

  • The gills are deeply decurrent, close, whitish, then flesh-color.

  • Edith de Murat, flesh-color, changing to white, of fine form.

    The Book of Roses

    Francis Parkman

  • Octavie Fontaine, white, tinted with flesh-color, good shape.

    The Book of Roses

    Francis Parkman