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I read a sentence in a chapter named "Discovering Tut: the saga continues":

Dark bellied clouds had scudded across the desert sky all day and now were veiling the stars in casket grey.

Casket means a chest or any rectangular box. But I'm not able to figure out the context in which it has been used.

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    The word "casket" describes the specific hue of this grey color. "As grey as a grey casket". The author might have meant some casket that the reader will imagine with ease. It could be a grey coffin, for instance. Maybe there is some widespread type of coffin of grey color that will easily come to mind upon reading this passage. – CowperKettle Feb 19 at 12:30
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    Google Books claims over five thousand written instances of lead casket. Not to mention almost eighty thousand instances of leaden sky, which is all grist to the mill of this specific metaphoric usage. I'm not sure how well dense dark cloud cover fits in with a desert landscape, though. – FumbleFingers Feb 19 at 14:21
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Compare the expressions "sky blue", "lily white", "blood red".

A colour that follows a noun, particularly a noun that indicates a material (or at least visible) object, indicates that it is the colour of that object.

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