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Meaning of local color

lo'cal col'or

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. distinctive, sometimes picturesque characteristics or peculiarities of a place or period as represented in literature or drama, or as observed in reality.
  2. the natural color of a particular object as it appears in normal light.
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