As brown as a berry
What's the meaning of the phrase 'As brown as a berry'?
Entirely or very brown; often referring to a suntanned skin.
What's the origin of the phrase 'As brown as a berry'?
Rather an odd simile, as few berries are actually brown.
From Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, (the Monk's Tale), 1386-1400:
He was a lord full fat and in good point;
His eyen stepe and rolling in his head
That stemed as a fornice of a led;
His botes souple, his hors in gret estat,
Now certainly he was a sayre prelat.
He was not pale as a forpined gost;
A fat swan loved he best of any rost;
His palfrey was as broune as is a bery.
[Note: a palfrey is a horse]
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