from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • noun (noun) The color of a faded leaf; a yellowish-brown color.
  • null (adj) Of a dead-leaf color.


  • Tawny filemot gilding the valleys, each seam and rut a scroll or arabesque, and all the year pouring out her heart's blood to flush the maples, the great impurpled granites warm with the sunshine they have drunk all summer!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860

  • The walls were panelled; each panel was comparted like a modern office-desk, and each compartment crowded with labelled folios all filemot with age and use.

    Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • There, in banishment as it might be called and forgotten by everybody, she was roused from her reveries by the lady of the house, who came to offer her some refreshment, and by her three young friends, who by turns paid her such devoted attention, and testified such a tender respect for her, that those who saw it did not dare to ridicule her filemot gown any longer, and began to fear that they had been mistaken respecting her.

    Jean Nicolas Bouilly, Instructive narratives from real life; or, A father's advice to his daughter


‘Filemot’ comes from the French ‘feuillemorte,’ dead leaf.