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From fulvus, reddish-brown.


  • 1 /ˈfʊlvəs/
  • 2 /ˈfʌlvəs/


  1. Tawny-coloured.


  • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 17
    The upper wings of the moth which Jacob held were undoubtedly marked with kidney-shaped spots of fulvous hue.

Extensive Definition

Tawny refers to a pale orange-brown colour. It is used in the names of organisms with such colouring. It is also a given or assumed name for people, mostly women. In heraldry, it is often called tenné.


Other organisms

  • Tawny Cat Snake, Boiga ochracea, snake of the family Colubridae
  • Tawny Daylily, Hemerocallis fulva, also known as Orange Daylily, plant of the family Hemerocallidaceae
  • Tawny Grisette, Amanita fulva, mushroom of the family Amanitaceae
  • Tawny Mime, Papilio (Chilasa) agestor, butterfly of the family Papilionidae
  • Tawny Nurse Shark, Nebrius ferrugineusor, also known as Giant Sleepy Shark, nurse shark in the family Ginglymostomatidae
  • Tawny Prominent, Nadata gibbosa, also known as Rough Prominent, moth of the family Notodontidae.
  • Tawny Rajah, Charaxes bernardus, butterfly of the family Nymphalidae
  • Scarce Tawny Rajah, Charaxes aristogiton, butterfly of the family Nymphalidae
  • Tawny Speckled Pug, Eupithecia icterata, moth of the family Geometridae
  • Tawny-Bellied Cotton Rat, Sigmodon fulviventer, rodent of the family Muridae



  • In heraldry, 'Tenné' or 'tawny' is an orangish brown colour
  • Mister Tawky Tawny, a fictional character in the Marvel Family comics
  • The 'Tawny Man' trilogy, fantasy book series by writer Robin Hobb
  • Tawny PortTawny Spreadborough model
  • "Tawny" is the title of a 1954 record album by entertainer Jackie Gleason
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