Definition of "xanthous" [xan•thous]

  • Yellow. (adjective)
  • Having light brown or yellowish skin. (adjective)

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Use "xanthous" in a sentence
  • "The xanthous complexion is rare, though not unknown in cities, but the leucous does not exist."
  • "The moonlight here was tinged with the xanthous color of flesh gone to mold."
  • "The change from the _xanthous_ to the _melanous_ complexion, is a circumstance of constant occurrence; there are few children born, whose complexion does not darken as they grow up, in many cases undergoing a total change: the passage from dark to fair is rare, but it constantly occurs that _xanthous_, or even _leucous_ children, are born of"