from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having golden hair; yellow-haired.


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  • "auricomous" damsel, serving in a tobacconist's shop in the Haymarket when he first found her, and now where was she?

    The Christian A Story Hall Caine 1892

  • The amber-haired women -- palpably indebted to auricomous fluids for the colour of their tresses -- objected to the dark burnished gold of Violet

    Vixen, Volume I. 1875

  • It would be entertaining to know if this is the foundation of the "auricomous fluids" advertised by hair-dressers!

    Miscellanea Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing 1863


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  • If the word "auricomous" is defined as "having golden hair", then how can a fluid be auricomous? A damsel may be golden-haired, but not a fluid!

    I came upon this word in a review of a Gilbert and Sullivan production from an 1871 newspaper, and it was used to describe a fluid in that case as well. Surely there must be some alternate definition that implies a hair-dye of some sort?

    Any insights out there?

    March 19, 2015

  • Since auric simply means “of or relating to gold” I see no reason why a fluid cannot be as auricomous as one’s tresses. The “auricomous fluids” referenced in the examples at auricomous are clearly blonde hair coloring. This is one of those playful coinages that can be deployed according to your fancy. The Wordnik entry is limited to “yellow-haired” because it is borrowed from the obsolescent Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, which is better enjoyed for it’s charm than for its completeness.

    March 19, 2015