ground color

noun
  1. Also called ground coat. a primary coat of paint; priming; base coat.
  2. the background color, as of a painting or decoration.

Origin of ground color

First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for ground color

Historical Examples of ground color

  • The ribs are white, and the ground-color of the shell is dark brownish-red.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The ground-color is pale reddish-orange, with the border black.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • There are three rows of transverse spots paler than the ground-color.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • There is much variety in the ground-color of the wings on the under side.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • It is much darker in ground-color than any of its congeners.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland