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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light grayish brown or yellowish brown to grayish yellow.
  • n. A soft fabric of undyed, unbleached wool.
  • adj. Light grayish-brown or yellowish-brown to grayish-yellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.
  • n. debeige; a kind of woollen or mixed dress goods
  • adj. Having a slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Debeige.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having its natural color: said of a woolen fabric made of undyed wool.
  • n. A thin, wiry dress-fabric of worsted, originally unbleached, but now made in all colors and many designs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a light greyish-brown color
  • n. a very light brown

Etymologies

French, fine woolen fabric left in its natural color, from Old French bege, perhaps from shortening of Old Italian bambagia, cotton wool, ultimately from Medieval Latin bombax, cotton; see bombazine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French dialectal beige, from Old French bege 'color of undyed wool or coton', from an Alpine language (compare Franco-Provençal bézho, Romansch besch) 'dull grey', from Vulgar Latin *bysseus 'cottony grey' (compare French bis, Catalan bis, Italian bìgio), from Late Latin byssus 'cotton', from Ancient Greek  (býssos) 'cotton homespun', from Semitic (compare Hebrew/Aramaic būṣ) (Wiktionary)

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