lurid

Lurid \Lu"rid\, a. [L. luridus.] 1. Pale yellow; ghastly pale; wan; gloomy; dismal. [1913 Webster] Fierce o'er their beauty blazed the lurid flame. --Thomson. [1913 Webster] Wrapped in drifts of lurid smoke On the misty river tide. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Having a brown color tinged with red, as of flame seen through smoke. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo["o]l.) Of a color tinged with purple, yellow, and gray. [1913 Webster] 4. Vivid, sensational, or shocking; graphic or melodramatic; as, the lurid details of a murder. [PJC]