tawniness


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taw·ny

 (tô′nē)
n.
A light brown to brownish orange.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman taune, variant of Old French tane, from past participle of taner, to tan; see tan1.]

taw′ni·ness n.
taw′ny adj.
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Noun1.tawniness - the quality or state of being the color of tanned leather; "the tawniness of his complexion"
complexion, skin color, skin colour - the coloring of a person's face
References in classic literature ?
But hills and mountains on that side showed bare and heated, though beautiful with the sunburnt tawniness of California.
In Shakespeare's play, Cleopatra's tawniness becomes synomous with her desirability as well as her potential danger to distract.
For as the book looks at the plays' Moors, it claims that their representations "are not bounded by any set or single racial, religious or ethnic markers--by Africa or the New World, Islam or Turks, by blackness or tawniness, or by an anxiety-provoking strangeness" (16).