Tawny (color)

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Tenné (Tawny)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #CD5700
sRGBB  (rgb) (205, 87, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (25°, 100%, 80%)
Source Internet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
The tawny owl (Strix aluco) gives an example of tawny used as an adjective in a name. Latin scientific names may use the adjective fulvus (or variations), meaning tawny or fulvous. An example is Cinnycerthia fulva, the binomial name of the fulvous wren.

Tawny (also called tenné) is a light brown to brownish-orange color.[1]


The word means "tan-colored", from Anglo-Norman tauné "associated with the brownish-yellow of tanned leather", from Old French tané "to tan hides", from Medieval Latin tannare, from tannum "crushed oak bark", used in tanning leather, probably from a Celtic source (e.g. Breton tann, "oak tree").[2]

Electronic definitions of tawny[edit]

Other than CD5700, there are other hex numbers that are used for this color, including CF5300 and CE5600.[citation needed]

A digitized version of the 1912 book Color Standards And Color Nomenclature[3] lists tawny as AE6938, tawny-olive as 826644 or 967117, ochraceous-tawny as BE8A3D or 996515, and vinaceous-tawny as B4745E.

HP Labs' Online Color Thesaurus, which lists colors found through their Color Naming Experiment, gives tawny as CC7F3B, noting it is "rarely used", and lists its synonyms as: light chocolate, caramel, light brown, and camel.[4][5]

Dictionary of Color[6] lists tawny as AE6938 or A67B5B, and tawny birch as A87C6D, A67B5B or 958070. It also lists "lion tawny" (which it also refers to as just "lion") as C19A6B or 826644. Orange tawny is listed as CB6D51.

Resene RGB Values List[7] includes "Resene Tawny Port" as 105, 37, 69 (#692545), while Resene-2007-rgb lists tawny port as 100, 58, 72 (#643A48).

While tan is defined since HTML4 and elsewhere, the color names tawny, tenné and fulvous do not appear in the standard web colors used by HTML, CSS, and SVG. Most standard X11 color name files also do not have these names. However, many color lists[8][9] include "Tenné (Tawny)" as #CD5700.

The proprietary Pantone TC color system includes Tawny Olive, Tawny Birch, Tawny Brown, Tawny Orange, and Tawny Port. It also has several shades of tan: Apricot Tan, Copper Tan, Rose Tan, Tan, Pastel Rose Tan, and Indian Tan.

The color burnt orange, having the hex number CC5500, is sometimes considered to be a close approximation to tawny. The color tan may also be considered synonymous with tawny, or a different shade: #D2B48C. Fulvous, meaning tawny-colored, may also be considered synonymous or its own shade.





(Dictionary of Color; Ridgway)


(Dictionary of Color)


(Online Color Thesaurus)

Related colors





Burnt orange


Colors listed as synonyms by HP Labs' Online Color Thesaurus.


Light chocolate




Light brown








Ochraceous-tawny (Ridgway)


Ochraceous-tawny (Ridgway)


Vinaceous-tawny (Ridgway)


Tawny birch
(Dictionary of Color)


Tawny birch
(Dictionary of Color)


Tawny birch
(Dictionary of Color)


Lion tawny
(Dictionary of Color)


Lion tawny
(Dictionary of Color)


Orange tawny
(Dictionary of Color)


Resene Tawny Port


Tawny port

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language". Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Online Etymology Dictionary". Etymonline.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  3. ^ "(R)". People.csail.mit.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  4. ^ "An On-Line Color Thesaurus". November 21, 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  5. ^ "HP Labs : People Pages : On-line Color Thesaurus". Hpl.hp.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Dictionary of Color, Maerz and Paul". People.csail.mit.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Resene RGB Values List". Resene Paints Ltd. 2001. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  8. ^ "LaTeX Color Definitions". Latexcolor.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Brown (color) - SpeedyLook encyclopedia". Myetymology.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23.