Erythrism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Erythrism (Zo√∂l) A condition of excessive redness. See Erythrochroism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n erythrism In ornithology, a condition of dichromatism characterized by excess of red pigment in the plumage of birds which are normally brown, gray, etc. It is constantly exhibited by sundry owls, as species of Scops and Glaucidium, the common screech-owl of the United States (Scops asio), for example, occurring indifferently in the red or the gray plumage. Compare albinism and melanism.
    • n erythrism In anthropology, redness of hair, generally combined with light complexion.
    • n erythrism In zoology, the assumption of red in animals, in place of their ordinary coloration.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'eryqro`s red: cf. F. érythrisme,

Usage

In poetry:

If thou a slave in Egypt wou'dst not be,
But go, where milk and honey bless the shore,
Thou must pass through the Erythr'an sea;
Tho' strong its surge, and terrible its roar!
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard