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Buff
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Colour coordinates —
Hex triplet #F0DC82
RGBB (r, g, b) (240, 220, 130)
HSV (h, s, v) (49°, 46%, 94%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Buff is a pale yellow-brown colour that got its name from the colour of buff leather.[1]

Uses

Biology

Clothing

  • Formal or informal waistcoats are often buff-coloured for day wear, and the traditional colour for formal dress boot uppers is often described as buff.

Construction

  • Buff is a commonly used grout pigment in masonry.

Heraldry

Military

Ships

Fraternities and sororities

  • Buff is one of the three colours of the Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity as well as one of the two colours of The Delta Chi Fraternity.

Sports

Stationery

  • A buff envelope is an envelope of this colour, used extensively in commercial mailings, and hence coming to mean any item containing commercial, rather than personal mail.

Universities

Vexillology

  • The flags of the United States states of Delaware and New Jersey include the colour buff.

Word origin

  • The New York City volunteer firefighters wore buff uniforms. As a result, a "buff" came to mean someone who enthusiastically watched fires, then any enthusiast, often with a word specifying the subject, as "wine buff" (New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary).

References

  1. ^ Paterson, Ian (2003), A Dictionary of Colour (1st paperback ed.), London: Thorogood (published 2004), p. 73, ISBN 1854183753, OCLC 60411025 

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