from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See brown.
  • n. Same as Bismarck or phenylene brown.
  • n. A basic coal-tar color of the disazo type, prepared by combining two molecules of diazotized para-acetanilide with one molecule of meta-phenylene diamine: particularly suited for the coloring of leather and jute.
  • n. A name occasionally applied to phosphene.


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  • Tanned and leather-brown from all their time in the sun, we laughed at the thought of how incredibly pale we were.

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  • When she saw him standing there, tall and leather-brown, hand on his heat-gun, she sobbed once, inarticulately, and collapsed at his feet, a huddle of burning scarlet and bare, brown limbs.

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  • In the light from a fire, Little Will could see that Pony's eyes were dark circled, his leather-brown face deeply lined.

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  • His rumpled grey hair stood up above his forehead like the crest of an angry bird, and the leather-brown of his veined cheeks was blotched with red.

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  • His lean face was leather-brown in contrast to a long mustache and heavy eyebrows bleached nearly white, his eyes were a clear steady blue, and his frame was slender but wiry.

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  • Now, who else is there that is going to solicit your lily-white hand -- which isn't lily-white, but a distinct leather-brown -- before we get away?

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