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a color between beige and grey; a blend of the words beige and grey
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Not bleached or dyed; unfinished. Used of textiles.
[Alteration (perhaps influenced by grey beige) of French grège, from Italian greggio, unbleached, raw, probably from Vulgar Latin *gregius, of or from the flock of sheep, from Latin grex, greg-, herd, flock; see ger- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Dyeing) (of a fabric or material) not yet dyed
(Textiles) an unbleached or undyed cloth or yarn
[C20: from French grège raw]
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unbleached and undyed: greige linen.
[1925–30; < French grège (of silk) raw < Italian greggio gray1]
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adj textiles → naturfarben
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