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    keel-coloured

    "His coarser features, and cheaper habiliments; the keel-coloured "cowhide" clutched in his right hand, and flirted with such evident skill, proclaim him the overseer - and whipper up - of the swarthy pedestrians composing the _entourage_ of the train."

    That's from Mayne Reid's "The Headless Horseman".

    What colour is keel-coloured?

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    Re: keel-coloured

    I have no idea. Was there no mention of a "keel" before that?
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    Re: keel-coloured

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have no idea. Was there no mention of a "keel" before that?
    No there's no mention of any keels.
    I tried a Google search and found one more use of this:

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails keel-coloured.jpg  

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    #4

    Re: keel-coloured

    Ah, that makes more sense. It's not "keel-coloured", it's "keel, coloured and streaked like ...".

    http://plant-phytography.blogspot.co...ral-ridge.html

    "Keel" is used to describe a ridge in a leaf, so this "keel" was "coloured and streaked like ...".

    The whole passage in the thumbnail refers to flowers etc, so if you look up the use of "keel" in "botany" you will find even more information.
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    #5

    Re: keel-coloured

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Ah, that makes more sense. It's not "keel-coloured", it's "keel, coloured and streaked like ...".
    Yes you are definitely right. But what about this:

    https://books.google.ru/books?id=oHn...red%22&f=false

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    Re: keel-coloured

    Wow. I think you need someone who understands the contents of that link. I'm not that person!
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    #7

    Re: keel-coloured

    Merriam Webster lists this on definition #5:
    chiefly dialect




    That seems to match up with mention of blood streaks and red coloring in the prior sentence of your source.
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    #8

    Re: keel-coloured

    Fagin, if you're going to quote from this book again, it might be helpful to mention its date of publication (1865).

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    #9

    Re: keel-coloured

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Merriam Webster lists this on definition #5:
    chiefly dialect

    Thank you very much! And I already had a look at it in Wikipedia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochre

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    #10

    Re: keel-coloured

    One of the things I have learnt today is that keels were once coloured red like the striae of expectorated sputum.

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