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Melichrous

Definition: The color of honey yellow.

Pronunciation: “mel-LEE-krooss”, or “mel-LEE-kruss”

Origin:

Directly from Greek’s melichroos, which is formed from the Greek roots “meli” (“honey”), and “chroos” (which relates to “having the quality of”.)

Why this word?

I am aware that I have an… odd relationship with words, and with colors.

I like to think that it’s merely my brain zealously clinging to the easiest and most soothing subject it can understand: language, the nuances of communication, the intention and poignancy in the selection of words. I’m sub-par and functionally average in most everything else I ever twist my grubby little hands into, but, words? Stringing them along together like pearls, hooking them up like jointed links, stacking them purposefully on top of one another like verbal Tetris blocks? Oh, that– Now, that is something I can do.

And, the way that words make me feel– the taste of certain morphemes, chunks of consonant, or croon of vowels rolling around in the mouth like the tide –is borderline indescribable. It’s very intimate to me; the building of text, or speech. (Formal, or slang– Actually, some of the most beautiful phrases I’ve ever heard or read before have been completely composed of dialectal codespeak. It’s probably why I’m so fond of the sublanguages I see evolving online in forums and on social media websites.)

I can see how ancient peoples thought that words had a sort of power to them.

I also associate the sound of the names of colors with certain sensations, as well as how looking at said colors makes me feel in the seeing.

With the sight of honey-yellow, the sound of the color “melichrous”… It’s like looking at captured, pressed sunlight, in my mind. It’s a hue that’s warm and soothing; the visual sensation of a full-body immersion into hot bathwater.

I think that’s just too lovely to not share.

How do you use this word in a sentence?

Example: “Her hair fell in a melichrous tumble over the pale curve of her shoulders.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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