from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being in the natural or original color.
- adj. Of only one color.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being of a single color; -- applied to flowers, animals, and textile fabrics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In textile fabrics:
- Of the natural color.
- Dyed in the wool or in the thread; retaining the color which it had before weaving: as. a self-colored fabric.
- Colored with a single tint. usually in the glaze, as Oriental porcelain.
- In horticulture, having the natural seedling color unmodified by artificial selection; uniform in color: noting flowers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of the same color throughout
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"Self-colored cats" are entirely of one color, which may vary in different cats, but must never be mixed in the same cat, nor even shaded into a lighter tone on the animal; and whether this color be black, blue, red, or yellow, the self-colored cat should have a rich deep tint.
The black and white, yellow and white, blue and white, and in fact, any self-colored and white cat is a mixture of the other breeds.
There is also a fine short-haired cat coming from Russia, usually self-colored.
White cats to be really valuable should have blue eyes (without deafness); black cats should have yellow eyes; other cats should have pea-green eyes, or in some cases, as in the brown, self-colored eyes.
With small checks and narrow, self-colored stripes the effect is different, causing the texture to appear only shaded and not destroying the unity.
Very handsome self-colored bouquets can be arranged by giving a finish of the complementary shade.
Give me a sunny garden patch in the golden springtime, when the trees are picking out their new gowns, in all the various self-colored delicate grays and greens -- strange how beautiful they are, in the same old unchanging styles, isn't it?
A grey, self-colored carpet covered the floor, and on one of the chests stood a miniature bronze copy of the Faun of Praxiteles.
A trap-door it was, of huge dimensions, almost exactly covered by the self-colored square; but at each side a tongue of linoleum had been left loose for lifting it; and the lamp had scarcely been replaced upon the counter when the bulk of the floor leaned upright in one piece against the opposite wall.
And where the plain linoleum ended, but where the overlapping border covered the floor, the planks were sawn through and through down one side of the central and self-colored square.