verb to yellow
- (colorbox, yellow) The colour/color of gold or butter; the colour obtained by mixing green and red light, or by subtracting blue from white light.
- (context, snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 2 points.
adjective (er, est)
- To become yellow or more yellow.
- To cause to become yellow or more yellow.
- Having yellow as its colour.
Etymology: Old English Äeolu
- There's a one-eyed idol
- To the north of Kathmandu;
- There's a little marble cross below the town;
- And a brokenhearted woman
- Tends the grave of 'Mad' Carew,
- While the god for ever gazes down. J Milton Heyes: The green eye of the little yellow god http://ingeb.org/songs/theresae.html
- (colloquial) Lacking courage.
- In symbolism the colour indicates jealousy, inconsistency, adultery, perfidy and cowardice. In France the doors of traitors used to be dubbed with , and in some countries, the laws ordained that Jews must be clothed in , because they betrayed Jesus, so that in medieval pictures, Judas Iscariot is arrayed in . In Spain at an auto de fé, the victims wore to denote heresy. Brewers Dictionary of phrase & Fable, 17th edition edited John Ayto.
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