American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of a light or moderate greenish yellow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a golden-yellow color; also, more generally, yellow with a tinge of red, somewhat approaching the color of saffron or the yolk of an egg.
- Like mud or clay.
- adj. yellowish
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Yellowish; more or less like buff.
- From Latin lūteus, yellow; see lutein. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sun climbed on, a ball of luteous fire baking the air dry.”
“There, at the feet of a learned thaumaturge, an aged man with long, wispy mustaches and a skin the color of luteous ivory, he had learned much.”
“Vertex luteous; third joint of the antennæ conical; arista plumose; disk of the thorax and a dot on each side of the tip of the abdomen deep black; tarsi piceous; wings slightly greyish; veins black, discal transverse vein straight, parted by about half its length from the border and by twice its length from the præbrachial transverse.”
“_ Abdomen deep black, with whitish bands on the sutures; tip luteous.”
“Head in front and the pectus white; antennæ ferruginous at the base; abdomen long, a hoary band on the hind border of each segment; femora, tibiæ, and tarsi white at the base; hind legs long, rather stout; hind femora with a luteous band; wings limpid, veins black; halteres whitish, with piceous knobs.”
“Wings grey, luteous at the base, blackish towards the tips; veins black, robust.”
“Hind wings with three luteous streaks, of which the first and second are connected exteriorly, and the third is short, broad, and submarginal.”
“Face with snow-white tomentum on each side; thorax with four hoary stripes; pectus with a cinereous disk; scutellum pale luteous; abdomen pale luteous at the base, and with a broad interrupted pale luteous band on the second segment, third and fourth segments somewhat chalybeous, the former livid along the fore border, under side with two lateral abbreviated pale luteous stripes; hind femora thick; wings grey, veins towards the base, and halteres, tawny.”
“Head pale yellow, black hindward, white beneath; antennæ pale luteous, third joint very short, arista bare; scutellum white; pectus with a white spot on each side; abdomen white at the tip; middle legs with testaceous tibiæ and tarsi; hind wings blackish, cinereous hindward; halteres snow-white.”
“Fore wings with eight wedge-shaped luteous streaks, of which three are near the base, two subcostal, two hindward, and one submarginal and transverse.”
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