[loo-tee-uh s]


(of yellow) having a light to medium greenish tinge.

Origin of luteous

1650–60; < Latin lūteus golden-yellow, equivalent to lūt(um) yellowweed + -eus -eous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of a light to moderate greenish-yellow colour

Word Origin for luteous

C17: from Latin lūteus yellow
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Word Origin and History for luteous

"orange-yellow," 1650s, from Latin luteus "golden-yellow, orange-yellow," from lutum, the name of a plant used in dying yellow, of unknown origin.

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