Flax (color)

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Dressed flax
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #EEDC82
sRGBB  (rgb) (238, 220, 130)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (7, 8, 60, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (50°, 45%, 93%)
Source Maerz and Paul[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Flax or Flaxen is a pale yellowish-gray, the color of straw or unspun dressed flax. An early use of "flaxen" to describe hair color appears in David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens: Mr. Omer's granddaughter, Minnie, is described as "a pretty little girl with long, flaxen, curling hair."[2] The first recorded use of flax as a color name in English was in 1915.[3]

Flax in culture[edit]



  1. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called flax in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color flax is displayed on page 47, Plate 12, Color Sample B2.
  2. ^ "David Copperfield," by Charles Dickens London:1849 Bradbury and Evans
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 195; Color Sample of Flax: Page 47 Plate 12 Color Sample B2

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