from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being in the natural or original color.
  • adjective Of only one color.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Being of a single color; -- applied to flowers, animals, and textile fabrics.

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

  • adjective of the same color throughout


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  • 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.

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  • With small checks and narrow, self-colored stripes the effect is different, causing the texture to appear only shaded and not destroying the unity.

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  • 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.

    Concerning Cats My Own and Some Others

  • "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.

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  • Very handsome self-colored bouquets can be arranged by giving a finish of the complementary shade.

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  • There is also a fine short-haired cat coming from Russia, usually self-colored.

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  • 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?

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  • A grey, self-colored carpet covered the floor, and on one of the chests stood a miniature bronze copy of the Faun of Praxiteles.

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  • 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.



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