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bice

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noun
  1. either of two colors, bice blue or bice green.

Origin of bice

Middle English < Middle French bis ‘dark’, of uncertain origin
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  • I have ever sung, and will for ever sing, the most glorious of His works: and yet, O Bice!

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for bice

bice

noun
  1. Also called: bice blue a medium blue colour; azurite
  2. 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

n.

"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."

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