mars red

mars red
noun
Etymology: from mars (iron)
1. usually capitalized M : any of various red to orange, brown, or violet artist's pigments made by calcining Mars yellow
2. often capitalized M
a. : colcothar 2
b. : totem 3

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1. a deep red-orange color.
2. a red pigment used in painting, artificially made from an iron oxide base and characterized by strong film-forming properties and permanence.
[1890-95]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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