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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 303 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SCARLET, a vivid, bright red colour, somewhat .inclined to orange. The word appears in most European languages; cf. Ger. Scharlach, Swed. skarlakan, Ital. scarlatto, &c.; the English form is an adaptation of the O. Fr. escarlate, mod. ecarlate. The origin of these is to be found in the Persian saglan, meaning " broad-cloth." There are various forms, sagaldt, sigalat, suglat; this cloth was chiefly used for dresses, flags, large tents and trappings, and was frequently scarlet in colour, and hence its name became applied to the colour.
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