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Turkey red

  1. a bright red produced in fabrics by madder, alizarin, or synthetic dyes.
  2. cotton cloth of this color.
  3. Adrianople red.
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Origin of Turkey red

First recorded in 1780–90
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Historical Examples of turkey red

  • Lighting his pipe, he lay back in the Turkey-red chair, puffing in silence.

    The Best Short Stories of 1919


  • She wore a little Turkey-red frock, and she had neither hat nor coat on.

  • Within, the light of the swinging lamp fell on the turkey-red.

    Uncle William

    Jennette Lee

  • And I can see the wallpaper and the Turkey-red cotton curtains.

    Emily Fox-Seton

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • She covered her chairs with Turkey-red cotton, frilling them round the seats.

    Emily Fox-Seton

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

British Dictionary definitions for turkey red

Turkey red

    1. a moderate or bright red colour
    2. (as adjective)a Turkey-red fabric
  1. a cotton fabric of a bright red colour
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