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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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  • At these bice from out her corner gazed with large eyes; they were not persons of an interesting kind.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • The others would all be collected about the fire, but bice never approached the fire.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • A real living child familiarly called bice, the diminutive for Beatrice, enamoured Dante with a real, genuine love.

  • It was evident that bice at least believed so, and was not at all afraid to say it.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • You will not object to little bice that she finds society intoxicating when she first goes into it.

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

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • But bice to all appearance had neither the reluctance nor the excitement.

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

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • bice had a few things left that once belonged to his mother and father.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
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."

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