Dead color

(Paint.) a color which has no gloss upon it.

See also: Dead

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Once gessoed, students tinted the surface ground with a dead color, like brownish-green.
Usually, I have the students first paint an earth color--or what some artists call "dead color"--on their painting surface, whether it be canvas or illustration board.