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- pale, lacking color.
1889, Allan O. Hume, The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1:
- The ground-colour is a pale drabby stone-colour, and all about the large end is a broad dense zone of dull brownish purple.
1921, William Patterson White, The Heart of the Range:
- Oh, there was no warmth in the sunlight, and the sky was a drabby gray, and he was filled with bitterness unutterable. "