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[bahys] /baɪs/
either of two colors, bice blue or bice green.
Origin of bice
Middle English < Middle French bis ‘dark’, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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  • I have ever sung, and will for ever sing, the most glorious of His works: and yet, O bice!

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • The others would all be collected about the fire, but bice never approached the fire.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • The Contessa did not turn her head or change her position when bice entered.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • bice turned from the glass to address a look of surprise to her patroness.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • I was aware that settlements were very troublesome, but I had not thought it possible—bice!

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • bice turned one ear to her patroness with a startled look of interrogation.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • They will not be sorry afterwards to have made the fortune of bice.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • It was not upon such men that bice's appearance was to tell.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • bice sprang up from a sofa on which she was lying on their entrance.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for bice


Also called bice blue. a medium blue colour; azurite
Also called bice green. a yellowish-green colour; malachite
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bis dark grey, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bice

"pale blue color," early 15c., shortened from blew bis "blue bice," from French bis "swarthy, brownish-gray" (12c.), cognate with Italian bigio; of unknown origin. Via French combinations azur bis, vert bis the word came into English with a sense of "blue" or "green."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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