Etymology
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tawny (adj.)

"tan-colored," late 14c., from Anglo-French tauné "of or like the brownish-yellow of tanned leather," from Old French tanét "dark brown, tan" (12c., Modern French tanné), past participle of taner "to tan hides," from Medieval Latin tannare (see tan (v.)).Related: Tawniness.

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Definitions of tawny

tawny (adj.)
of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather;
Synonyms: tawny-brown
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