celadon \SEL-uh-don, noun:

1. A pale gray-green.
2. Any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
3. Any porcelain imitating these.

adjective:
1. Having the color celadon.

The detail was striking and the cream, salmon, and celadon of the offset colors realistic, if slightly dated.
— David Foster Wallace, The Pale King
Far out, the bay had a glaze like celadon.
— Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

The word celadon stems from the name of a character in the 1610 book L’Astrée by Honoré d’Urfé. The character Céladon was a sentimental lover who wore bright green clothes.


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