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From Latin porrāceus, from porrum, porrus (a leek).

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porraceous (comparative more porraceous, superlative most porraceous)

  1. (originally medicine now rare) Resembling the leek in colour; greenish.
    • 1676, Richard Wiseman, Several Chirurgical Treatises, page 432:
      If the lesser Intestines be wounded, he will be troubled with poraceous Vomiting, and what he eats or drinks will pass out of his Wound in less than half an hour[.]
    • 1914, Georges Dieulafoy, A Text-Book of Medicine, page 880:
      During the night she vomited porraceous matter.
    • 1956, Paul Dehn, For Love and Money, page 79:
      [B]ut [I] had to say that the "foliage" was "emerald" or indeed (I discovered this in a Victorian book of verse by a gentleman called Bradford) that the "verdure" was "porraceous".
    • 1986, Les Murray, editor, The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, page 214:
      My pignoration, see, is this smaragd, of porraceous hue. Bless my tripudiation, stellify my verses.

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