Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Color of the Day - Abraham

Abraham, 1600 – Abraham-colour, supposed to be a dingy yellow. Archdeacon Nares thinks it a corruption of auburn, which was sometimes written abron, … but the greater probability is, that Abraham was depicted in the old tapestries with a yellow, or rather an orange tawny, beard, and hence that colour, or something resembling it, derives its name.
Glossary and Etymological Dictionary, 1834

Abraham, 1602 – in an old play called Blurt Mafter Conftable, or The Spaniard’s Night-Walk, 1602: “over all, / A goodly, long, thick, Abraham-colour’d beard.”
The Plays of William Shakspeare, 1793

excerpt from:
Elephant's Breath and London Smoke
edited by Deb Salisbury
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