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Shade of Colors Taken from Nature

Updated on February 13, 2015

There are some shades of colors which people in my country refer to some objects in nature to describe them.

There are some shades of colors in my country which people refer to some objects in nature to help them describe which color they mean.

Those nature objects are ranging from things you can find in the kitchen up to objects outdoor. I apologize if you find some of them are not so friendly to your ear (read: disgusting). I think why people need such references because of difficulties they deal in describing particular shades exactly.

So it really helps, for example, when you want to pick or express something in particular shade of color, you can use the following expressions as refferences :

As white as milk
As white as milk | Source


Milky white, or cotton white. It's something with purely white .

Ivory white, it is white with a bit yellowish shade.

Red chilly, normally refers to the big one (top right chilly).
Red chilly, normally refers to the big one (top right chilly).


There is chili red and there is blood red,

All are about the same red,

If you get your pants wet,

don't put the blame on your love pet,

which sleeps on your lap.

Blood red or chili red, means red color which is similar to the red of blood or chili.

Green :

Horse-shit green, dark green color which looks like the faeces of horse.

Leaf-shoot green, light green which is like the green of leaf shoots.

Black :

Charcoal black, it is pitch black as black as charcoal.

Chocolate is brown.
Chocolate is brown. | Source

Brown :

Chocalate brown, it's something brown which looks like chocolate. Because of internalized percepcion, some students mistakenly say in their English lesson :

"I wear white shirt, blue trousers, black shoes ,and chocolate (which he means brown) hat to go to school ..."


Blue :

Sea blue, blue color as blue as the color of sea water.

Salty -(duck) egg blue, it is blue color as blue as salty duck egg (only duck egg can be made salty) .


Yellow :

Lemon yellow, means as yellow as lemon.

Turmeric yellow, dark yellow like turmeric.

Violet egg plant
Violet egg plant

Violet :

Egg plant violet, refer to a color as violet as egg plant.


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    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Indonesia

      @Freya Cesare

      Ok friend, I have corrected that mistake.

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      Freya Cesare 

      6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Don't ever put Chocolate pic below poop pic! That's a crime! Bad bad bad Agus!


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      7 years ago from India

      Hi agusfanani , interesting hub..liked and voted it up

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for your nice comments Sally.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Lots of fun. I have seen whole poems dedicated to the color blue. One of the lines included cerulean . . .

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Indonesia

      @2patricias: Thank you very much for those additional colors. Yes, I forgot grass green.

      @PeggyW: You're right the names/terms mostly refer to local people's daily life. Thank you Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting ways to describe the shades of color. I think that most everyone has some unique ways in describing such things.

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      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is a fun hub. I can think of sky blue, grass green, sulpher yellow (and mustard yellow), mouse brown and charcoal grey.

    • agusfanani profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you very much Amez, I'm glad that you enjoy this hub.

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      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Its always refreshing to consider different ways to express ways which some might describe some thing like you demonstrated with color It would be interesting to see how many of the other class’s of objects or elements. I enjoyed reading those you shared.


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