The article deals with semantic development of Greek χαροπός. It is attested in Homeric poetry only once as an epithet of lions. The exact meaning is therefore uncertain. It is suggested in the paper, that originally it was not a colour term. Th e author of the article argues, that χαροπός being influenced by Homeric usage was reconsidered and became colour term meaning light brown. The process took place in Greek prose of 5th century.