Definitions

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

  • adj. Yellow.
  • adj. Having light brown or yellowish skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Yellow-brown; yolk-colored.
  • adj. Pertaining to people with yellowish, red, auburn, or brown hair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Yellow; specifically (Ethnol.), of or pertaining to those races of man which have yellowish, red, auburn, or brown hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Yellow: in anthropology and ethnography specifying the yellow or Mongolioid type of mankind.

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

  • adj. of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ξανθός (ksanthos, "yellow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The xanthous complexion is rare, though not unknown in cities, but the leucous does not exist.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • The moonlight here was tinged with the xanthous color of flesh gone to mold.

    Conan The Unconquered

  • The change from the _xanthous_ to the _melanous_ complexion, is a circumstance of constant occurrence; there are few children born, whose complexion does not darken as they grow up, in many cases undergoing a total change: the passage from dark to fair is rare, but it constantly occurs that _xanthous_, or even _leucous_ children, are born of

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • To the different characters of human complexion, Dr Prichard gives three distinctive terms -- the _melanous_ or brunette; the _xanthous_ or blonde; and the _leucous_ or albino; the _melanous_ predominating in the southern countries, the _xanthous_ in the northern.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • _Il Trovatore_; and from such fluffy, xanthous whiskers as Lohengrins wear; and from sentimental old maids who sink into senility lamenting that Brahms never wrote an opera; and from programme music, with or without notes; and from Swiss bell-ringers, Vincent D'Indy, the Paris

    A Book of Burlesques

  • What imaginable intelligence could compensate her for the flat blueness of her eyes, the xanthous pallor of her hair, the doll-like pink of her cheeks?

    Damn! A Book of Calumny

  • Finland and a great part of Russia, the xanthous variety, strongly marked, is prevalent The Danes have always been known as a people of florid complexion, blue eyes, and yellow hair The Hollanders were termed by Silius Italicus, "Auricomi Batavi," the golden haired

    History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1 Negroes as Slaves, as Soldiers, and as Citizens

  • Berbers of the plains are of brown complexion with black hair, we have seen that the Shuluh mountaineers are fair, and that the inhabitants of the high tracts of Mons Aurasius are completely xanthous, having red or yellow hair and blue eyes, which fancifully, and without the shadow of any proof, they have been conjectured to have derived from the Vandal troops of Genseric.

    History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1 Negroes as Slaves, as Soldiers, and as Citizens

  • _xanthous_ complexion prevails -- the inhabitants of Australia and the

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • From that peculiar milky hue which, by reason of some pigment, contrives to resist the rays, the tints diverge; the reds, the scarcer group, traversing every gradation from pale rose to the ruddiest of copper -- not excluding that strange marbled complexion concerning which I cannot make up my mind whether it be a beauty or a defect; while the xanthous tones, the yellows, pass through silvery gold and apricot and café au lait to a duskiness approaching that of the negro.

    Alone

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