RIO DE JANEIRO — When Brazilians were given a chance to describe their skin color, they came up with 136 shades and variations. The survey was done in 1976 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and was published again in a 2011 Congressional document titled: The Constitutional Commission on Justice and Citizenship.
The list illustrates how Brazilians see themselves, a far more complex color system than simply black or white. English translations are provided.
Acastanhada: Somewhat chestnut-colored
Agalegada: Somewhat like a Galician
Alva: Snowy white
Alva escura: Dark snowy white
Alvarenta (not in dictionary; poss. dialect): Snowy white