This entry in Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary is labeled pronunciation unknown and origin unknown. Gee, guys, where'd you find the word, then?

Perhaps they were trying to avoid the error they committed some decades earlier with phelloplastic.

Go back to Fake words and broken definitions in dictionaries.

Balge yellow is said to be 'sunflower yellow' or 'a brilliant yellow color'.

Not only does it appear in Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary with no origin or pronunciation, it does not appear in the Oxford English Dictionary at all, nor in other reputable dictionaries. It appears that a frustrated lexicographer may have inserted this word just for the heck of it. I suggest we support this poor logophile by using this word whenever possible.

....if only we know how it was pronounced...

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