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

  • adj. Of a light or moderate greenish yellow.

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  • adj. yellowish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Yellowish; more or less like buff.

from The 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.


From Latin lūteus, yellow; see lutein.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • In addition, luteous means of or pertaining to mud, muddy, that is made of clay, loam, mud, morter, earth; filthy (OED).

    July 23, 2012