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Topic: COLOURS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from pink eye 'half-shut eye', used as a name for the plant, from Dutch pink oogen 'small eyes'

pink

2 noun
     
pink2
1 [uncountable and countable]CC a pale red colour:
Her room was decorated in bright pinks and purples.
She had arrived dressed in pink.
2 [countable]HBPDLG a garden plant with pink, white, or red flowers
3

in the pink

old-fashioned in very good health
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