Bole (color)

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For the brown clay used in gilding, see Armenian bole and Levant bole.
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About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #79443B
sRGBB  (rgb) (121, 68, 59)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 44, 51, 53)
HSV       (h, s, v) (9°, 51%, 47%)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Bole is a shade of brown. There is an English word bole meaning the trunk of a tree, but according to the American Heritage Dictionary, this word is simply a homograph/homophone that does not share the etymological origin of the color word bole, which derives from Latin bōlus (lump of earth) and refers to a kind of soft fine clay whose reddish-brown varieties are used as pigments, hence its use as a word for a reddish-brown color.


Another name for the color bole is terra rosa. The color name terra rosa has been used as a synonym for bole since 1753.[1] The color "terra rosa" is classified a warm red color. In art, it's classified as being similar to Venetian red, but more pink or salmon.

Bole is one of the oldest color names in English. The first recorded use of bole as a color name in English was in the year 1386.[2]

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  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 190; Color Sample of Bole: Page 33 Plate 5 Color Sample F11

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