Bole (color)

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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%)
ISCC–NBS descriptorModerate reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Bole is a shade of reddish brown. The color term derives from Latin bōlus (or dirt) and refers to a kind of soft fine clay whose reddish-brown varieties are used as pigments. Although bole also means the trunk of a tree, these words are simply homographs that do not share an etymological origin.[1][2][3][4]


Another name for the color bole is terra rosa. The color name terra rosa has been used as a synonym for bole since 1753.[5] 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. In French, it corresponds to the color châtaigne.

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.[6]

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  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary
  2. ^ "bole or bolus". Collins Dictionary.
  3. ^ "bole2". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ "bole2". The New Oxford American Dictionary (3rd ed.). 2013.
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205
  6. ^ 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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