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|English term or phrase: The colour of the sea...|
I posted this question in the forum earlier today, as it is not job-related. Someone (thank you, Lydia) suggested that I try kudoz anyway.
Does anyone know the adjective to describe the colour of the sea, when it melts indistinguishably into an overcast sky?
I came across this word in Iris Murdoch's 'The sea, the sea', but have subsequently forgotten it, and can no longer locate it.
The fact that I cannot remember this one has been bothering me for some time.
|Local time: 05:46|
Maybe this one?
\Glau"cous\, a. [L. glaucus, Gr. ?.] 1. Of a sea-green color; of a dull green passing into grayish blue. --Lindley.
This text gives the idea that the sea and the sky are the same color:
No ships are on the water and nothing out there visible, no line at the horizon’s edge beneath a glaucous sky.
If this isn't what you're looking for, you might try the following web site (although I noticed at least one of the words was misspelled, i.e., cinereous):
This list contains 150 definitions of obscure colour terms using combinations of 'normal' colours of the rainbow and descriptive adjectives; e.g. cardinal = deep scarlet red; russet = reddish brown.
Maybe something on the list will ring a bell. :-)
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Local time: 21:46
|I really appreciate the effort all of you made to help me out here. I'm afraid that while both 'opaque'and 'glaucous' appear to describe the image I have in mind, they are indeed not what I'm looking for. |
It's been a long time since I read 'The sea, the sea', and - although it isn't necessary my favourite IM - I might just as well read it again and search for THAT adjective.
I regret - as so often before - that I can award points to only one of you. Luisa, thanks to you especially for the website references; going over the list of colours, I remembered another wonderful, long-forgotten adjective: cerulean!
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