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Edible colour names
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    MacDonald L, Mylonas D
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    AIC 2010 Color and Food: From the Farm to the Table Interim Meeting of the International Color Association
  • Conference place:
    Mar del Plata, Argentina
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  • Keywords:
    colour, naming, edible, food, female, male
The results of a Web-based colour naming experiment were analysed for the incidence of colour names relating to food, or at least to edible substances. Approximately 21% of 5500 responses in English were derived from or related to food, of which 65% were single-word and 35% multi-word. 443 terms were used twice or more, of which 85 (19%) were directly related to food (e.g. ‘cherry red’) and a further 53 (12%) were indirectly related to food (e.g.‘sunflower yellow’). Females tended to use colour names related to food more often than males, and subjects with colour experience more often than naïve subjects.
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