from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of a fleshy pink color.
  • adj. Blood-red.
  • transitive v. To make incarnadine, especially to redden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the blood red colour of raw flesh.
  • adj. Of a general red colour
  • n. The blood red colour of raw flesh.
  • n. Red in general
  • v. To cause to be the blood-red colour of raw flesh.
  • v. To cause to be red or crimson.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Flesh-colored; of a carnation or pale red color.
  • transitive v. To dye red or crimson.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a carnation-color; pale-red.
  • To dye red or carnation; tinge with the color of flesh.
  • n. A color ranging from flesh-color to blood-red.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make flesh-colored


French incarnadin, from Italian incarnadino, variant of incarnatino, diminutive of incarnato : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + carne, flesh (from Latin carō, carn-; see incarnate).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French incarnadine, Italian incarnadino, a variant of incarnadito ("flesh color"), from incarnato ("incarnate"), from Latin incarnari ("be made flesh"), from in + cano ("flesh"). (Wiktionary)


  • I've had some success in getting them past it when it's a matter of language by saying "English has a huge vocabulary, and the author/poet/whatever could have chosen another word instead of this one - so don't just tell me that Shakespeare uses 'incarnadine' to mean 'red' here, but tell me why 'incarnadine' rather than 'red' makes a difference."

    Ferule & Fescue

  • But then I get long explanations about how Shx uses "incarnadine" instead of "red" because he's a really, really good writer.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • A later attempt at Paris to "incarnadine" the neighborhood of the Champs de Mars, and "round up" a number of boulevardiers, met with a more disastrous result, -- the gleam of steel from mounted gendarmes, and a mandate to his employers.

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  • "incarnadine", for example is much touted as a Shakespeare coinage, but did it really catch on?

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  • In one routine, describing his “ludicrously alpha” surfing instructor for the Forgetting Sarah Marshall shoot, he exclaims, “The sea were incarnadine wiv his testosterone!”

    Brit Wit

  • No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.

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  • * All of the 'Mentalist' episodes have some sort of connection to the color red because of Patrick Jane's nemesis Red John - words like "crimson", "scarlet", "blood", incarnadine, rubies.


  • And yes, a tad unsettling, especially that final pull back from the incarnadine beach:

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  • They're not cheap, mind you, and will run you about $15 but I wouldn't part with mine the tall, incarnadine model and wish I had all three.

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  • I've been destined to travel these impossible switchbacks, but it's as if I'm skating on his heart, blood tracks looping everywhere, incarnadine dips and curves...

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  • blood-red in color

    July 31, 2009

  • He kept furtively directing at me the electric torch through his incarnadined fingers to see if I was not about to faint.
    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins!

    June 7, 2009

  • Myth, if you look around, you'll see that many of those definitions, pulled from WordNet, are a little off. That's why we affectionately (and sometimes not so affectionately) call it WeirdNet.

    February 2, 2009

  • This definition is a little off. Per the first commenter, the word is mostly used to describe a bloodred color due to the Shakespeare quote even though prior to Shakespeare it was known to be a softer pink.

    February 1, 2009

  • Virginia Woolf talks about "incarnadine" in her eulology to words:

    December 9, 2007

  • Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
    Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
    The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
    Making the green one red.

    December 2, 2006