from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of a fleshy pink color.
- adj. Blood-red.
- transitive v. To make incarnadine, especially to redden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of the blood red colour of raw flesh.
- adj. Of a general red colour
- n. The blood red colour of raw flesh.
- n. Red in general
- v. To cause to be the blood-red colour of raw flesh.
- v. To cause to be red or crimson.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Flesh-colored; of a carnation or pale red color.
- transitive v. To dye red or crimson.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a carnation-color; pale-red.
- To dye red or carnation; tinge with the color of flesh.
- n. A color ranging from flesh-color to blood-red.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make flesh-colored
I've had some success in getting them past it when it's a matter of language by saying "English has a huge vocabulary, and the author/poet/whatever could have chosen another word instead of this one - so don't just tell me that Shakespeare uses 'incarnadine' to mean 'red' here, but tell me why 'incarnadine' rather than 'red' makes a difference."
But then I get long explanations about how Shx uses "incarnadine" instead of "red" because he's a really, really good writer.
A later attempt at Paris to "incarnadine" the neighborhood of the Champs de Mars, and "round up" a number of boulevardiers, met with a more disastrous result, -- the gleam of steel from mounted gendarmes, and a mandate to his employers.
"incarnadine", for example is much touted as a Shakespeare coinage, but did it really catch on?
In one routine, describing his “ludicrously alpha” surfing instructor for the Forgetting Sarah Marshall shoot, he exclaims, “The sea were incarnadine wiv his testosterone!”
No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.
* All of the 'Mentalist' episodes have some sort of connection to the color red because of Patrick Jane's nemesis Red John - words like "crimson", "scarlet", "blood", incarnadine, rubies.
And yes, a tad unsettling, especially that final pull back from the incarnadine beach:
They're not cheap, mind you, and will run you about $15 but I wouldn't part with mine the tall, incarnadine model and wish I had all three.
I've been destined to travel these impossible switchbacks, but it's as if I'm skating on his heart, blood tracks looping everywhere, incarnadine dips and curves...