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a pale beige color, as unbleached linen
Not to be confused with:
accrue – accumulate, grow, increase; added as a matter of periodic gain: accrue interest on a savings account
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 (ĕk′ro͞o, ā′kro͞o)
A grayish to pale yellow or light grayish-yellowish brown.

[French écru, raw, unbleached, from Old French escru : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + cru, raw (from Latin crūdus; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots).]
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(ˈɛkruː; ˈeɪkruː)
(Colours) a greyish-yellow to a light greyish colour; the colour of unbleached linen
(Colours) of the colour ecru
[C19: from French, from é- (intensive) + cru raw, from Latin crūdus; see crude]
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or éc•ru

(ˈɛk ru, ˈeɪ kru)

1. very light brown in color; beige.
2. an ecru color.
[1865–70; < French écru=é- completely (< Latin ex- ex-1) + cru raw (< Latin crūdus; see crude)]
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Noun1.ecru - a very light brownecru - a very light brown      
light brown - a brown that is light but unsaturated
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nécru m
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