local color

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  1. distinctive, sometimes picturesque characteristics or peculiarities of a place or period as represented in literature or drama, or as observed in reality.
  2. Fine Arts. the natural color of a particular object as it appears in normal light.

Origin of local color

First recorded in 1715–25
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Related Words for local color

ambience, color, evocation, feel, note, vibes