tawny

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From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman tawné, from Old French tané, past participle of taner(to tan), from tan(tanbark, tawny color), from Gaulish tanno(holm oak), from Proto-Indo-European *dhenh-. Compare Breton tann, Old Irish caerthann(rowan).

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tawny ‎(comparative tawnier, superlative tawniest)

  1. Of a light brown to brownish orange color.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      They fell a-twittering among themselves once more, and this time their intoxicating babble was of violet seas, tawny sands, and lizard-haunted walls.

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tawny

  1. A light brown to brownish orange colour.

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