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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 peach flesh color or dark flesh color . The word nude in the past has been used to describe a similar hue approximating a white person's skin color and has been criticized for the same reason.
noun
a color that falls within the spectrum of human skin colors.
(no longer in common use; now considered offensive) a yellowish pink or pinkish cream color (approximating the skin color of a white person).
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Origin of flesh color

First recorded in 1605–15

OTHER WORDS FROM flesh color

flesh-colored, adjective
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