a medium brown color.
any of several dark-brown pigments consisting of iron oxide mixed with lampblack or similar materials.
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Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of Vandyke brown
First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for vandyke brown
- a moderate brown colour
- (as adjective)a Vandyke-brown suit
any of various brown pigments, usually consisting of a mixture of ferric oxide and lampblack
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