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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BROWN

He was smoking his big briar and drinking a huge glass of brown beer.

Then wipe the meat carefully and brown it on all sides in the fat.

Brown them on one side, then turn them and brown them on the other side.

Actually his brown eyes rested on the face of the girl above him.

It was brown as to crust, and flaky and light as to interior.

The residue is of a brown color, and has a saline, bitter taste.

Katy stood in what is commonly designated as a "brown study."

He laid his brown cheek against the place where he remembered them to have rested.

This is Brown—Harry Brown—the nightman at the mine down here.

Captain Smith affected a cough, and put his brown mare into a canter.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English brun "dark, dusky," developing a definite color sense only 13c., from Proto-Germanic *brunaz (cf. Old Norse brunn, Danish brun, Old Frisian and Old High German brun, Dutch bruin, German braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lithuanian beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf. beaver, bear (n.), and Greek phrynos "toad," literally "the brown animal").

The Old English word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," preserved only in burnish. The Germanic word was adopted into Romanic (e.g. Middle Latin brunus, Italian and Spanish bruno, French brun). Brown Bess, slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.

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adjectivegold-colored
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