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About these coordinates     Colour coordinates
Hex triplet#C2B280
sRGBB (r, g, b)(194, 178, 128)
HSV (h, s, v)(45°, 34%, 76%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(73, 39, 71°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorGrayish yellow
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Ecru a grayish yellow or cream colour. It is still defined by some dictionaries as the colour of unbleached linen,[1] which it still is in French (approximately #FEFEE0 ). In English, over the years it has come to be used for a quite different, much darker color.

Ecru comes from the French word écru for the color of unbleached linen, and the word means "raw, unbleached" in French.

It has also been known as "the colour of silk".

Traditionally ecru was considered a shade of beige.[2] Beginning in the 19th century it became more precisely defined as "a grayish yellow that is greener and paler than chamois or old ivory".[3]

The normalized colour coordinates for ecru are identical to sand, which was first recorded as a colour name in English in 1627.[4]

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  1. ^ "ecru". Oxford English Dictionary (OED Online) (2nd ed.). 1989. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  2. ^ Maerz & Paul (1930), p. 149
  3. ^ Gove, Philip B., ed. (1961). "ecru". Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Unabridged. Retrieved 11 September 2020. First Known Use: 1836
  4. ^ Maerz & Paul (1930), p. 203; color sample of sand: p. 49, plate 13, color sample B2


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