from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Water-color painting, or a painting in water-colors.
At that hour there were beautiful faint colours in everything — tender green of leaves, pinkish brown of earth and tree-trunks — like aquarelle washes that would vanish in the later glare.
Before him lay an aquarelle of softest colouring, all pale light and misty shadow; and these lyric tints, these shades and half shades, gripped his heart as the vivid hues of the south never had.
Near the bed was a chair on which stood a marine picture in aquarelle -- a stretch of calm sea, a bit of rocky shore in the foreground, if I remember, and a vessel at anchor.
This word comes from the obsolete Italian ‘acquarella,’ water color, which ultimately comes from the Latin ‘aqua.’ (The word ‘water’ is Old English in origin.)