Obscure Color Words
albicant: whitish; becoming white
amaranthine: immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour
aubergine: eggplant; a dark purple colour
azure: light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue
celadon: pale green; pale green glazed pottery
cerulean: sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green
chartreuse: yellow-green colour
cinnabar: red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour
citrine: dark greenish-yellow
eburnean: of or like ivory; ivory-coloured
erythraean: reddish colour
flavescent: yellowish or turning yellow
greige: of a grey-beige colour
haematic: blood coloured
heliotrope: purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror
hoary: pale silver-grey colour; grey with age
isabelline: greyish yellow
jacinthe: orange colour
kermes: brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects
lovat: grey-green; blue-green
madder: red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour
mauve: light bluish purple
mazarine: rich blue or reddish-blue colour
russet: reddish brown
sable: black; dark; of a black colour in heraldry
saffron: orange-yellow
sarcoline: flesh-coloured
smaragdine: emerald green
tilleul: pale yellowish-green
titian: red-gold, reddish brown
vermilion: bright red
virid: green
viridian: chrome green
xanthic: yellow
zinnober: chrome green
Words to keep inside your pocket


  • Quiescent - a quiet, soft-spoken soul.
  • Chimerical - merely imaginary; fanciful. 
  • Susurrus - a whispering or rustling sound. 
  • Raconteur - one who excels in story-telling. 
  • Clinquant - glittering; tinsel-like. 
  • Aubade - a song greeting the dawn. 
  • Ephemeral - lasting a very short time. 
  • Sempiternal - everlasting; eternal. 
  • Euphonious - pleasing; sweet in sound. 
  • Billet-doux - a love letter. 
  • Redamancy - act of loving in return.
Beautiful Words (P)

When I call a word beautiful, sometimes it refers to the meaning behind the word. Sometimes it refers to how the word sounds as it rolls over the tongue.

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Beautiful Words (O)

When I call a word beautiful, sometimes it refers to the meaning behind the word. Sometimes it refers to how the word sounds as it rolls over the tongue.

Oasis: (n) fertile, vibrant, or green spot in a desert or wasteland

Oblivion: (n) condition or quality of being completely forgotten, void, forgetfulness

Obsequious: (adj) fawning, sycophantic, servile

Obsidian: (n) volcanic glass of a black shade

Ocelot: (n) undomesticated cat, like a small leopard

Odalisque: (n) female servant, female servant in a harem

Oeillade: (n) an amorous glance, ogle

Oleander: (n) type of flower

Opacity: (n) opaqueness, obscurity, impenetrability

Opalescent: (adj) milky and iridescent, shimmering with the colors of an opal

Opaque: (adj/n) impenetrable to light, not reflecting light, difficult to explain or understand

Ophidian: (adj) snake-like, like, shaped like, or relating to snakes

Opulence: (n) wealth, affluence, great abundance, profusion, pretentiousness

Opusculum: (n) minor work of literature

Orchestra: (n) large group of musicians with a variety of instruments

Oscillate: (v) to swing in an uninterrupted motion

Ossuary: (n) place, container or receptacle for holding the bones of the dead

Otiose: (adj) indolent, lazy, serving no useful purpose, futile, being a leisure

Oubliette: (n) dungeon with only opening at the top

ambedo n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life

Beautiful Words (N)

When I call a word beautiful, sometimes it refers to the meaning behind the word. Sometimes it refers to how the word sounds as it rolls over the tongue.

Nacreous: (adj) iridescent, pearly, like mother-of-pearl or nacre

Naiad: (n) a nymph, a river, lake, fountain, or spring nymph or spirit

Naïveté: (n) inexperience, quality of being naïve, artlessness

Nebulae: (n) pl. collection of astral gases

Nemesis: (n) source of harm or ruin, unconquerable foe or enemy, vengeful opponent

Nenuphar: (n) a water lily, especially an Egyptian lotus

Neophyte: (n) a novice, tyro, beginner

Nepenthe: (n) drug of forgetfulness, anti-depression drug, remedy for sorrow

Nepheliad: (n) cloud nymph, nymph designated or of the clouds

Nimbus: (n) dark, grey cloud bearing rain, splendid atmosphere or aura, cloudy radiance

Nirvana: (n) a place or state of rest, harmony, or pleasure

Nocive: (adj) harmful, injurious

Noctilucence: (adj) cloud phenomenon typified by lights at night, visible or glowing at night

Nonchalant: (adj) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed, indifferent

Novae: (n) pl. collapsing or dying star

Novella: (n) short prose tale often characterized by moral teaching or satire

Novitiate: (n) novice, the living place of a novice, the state of being a novice, neophyte

Nugacious: (adj) trifling, trivial, insignificant, unimportant, worthless

Nullibicity: (n) state of non-existence, quality or state of being nowhere

Numeral: (n/adj) symbol used to represent, denote, or symbolize a number

Nymph: (n) seductive or lustful woman, fairy

Nymphet: (n) pubescent girl regarded as sexually desirable, young, sexually precocious girl