Definition: A pale, reddish-orange color.

Pronunciation: “nack-a-rat”


Direct, unchanged adoption from French.

Why this word?

When I hear this word, I’m struck with the thought of hazelnuts; chestnuts rolling around in the palm, or being gripped by fingers. Brown fingers.

This word is solid and warm.

How to use this word in a sentence?

Example: “Her feet had been dyed darker from the nacarat clay she’d kicked around, and her hair had been dusted with saffron and indigo from walking under the linens draped out to dry over the square. When she had smiled, her lips curved into a deep unpainted maroon bow, and her teeth had been the soft-white of sunbleached bone.

            “There wasn’t a night that went by where he did not dream about the painted girl who had hid him from the soldiers, back in that strange, foreign country across the ocean.”


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