Definition of Naples yellow in English:

Naples yellow

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[mass noun]
  • 1A pale yellow pigment containing lead and antimony oxides.
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    • Crimson, lemon yellow, Naples yellow, emerald, Veronese green, mauve and the cadmiums were all 19th-century inventions.
    • The 18th-century lead antimony yellow was usually described as Naples yellow.
    • The history of Naples yellow is rather obscure.
  • 1.1The colour of the pigment Naples yellow.
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    • Various ochers, a pale Naples yellow and a pale green, all of nearly equal intensity and weight, inflect a predominantly gray field of dots.
    • Although looking at that painted swatch of Indian yellow, I would swear it's Naples yellow (and vice versa, come to think of it).


mid 18th century: named after Naples.

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