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bisque1

or bisk

[bisk] /bɪsk/
noun
1.
a thick cream soup, especially of puréed shellfish or vegetables.
2.
ice cream made with powdered macaroons or nuts.
Origin of bisque1
1640-1650
From French, dating back to 1640-50, of uncertain origin

bisque2

[bisk] /bɪsk/
noun, Sports.
1.
a point, extra turn, or the like, as in court tennis or croquet.
Origin
1605-15; < French, earlier biscaye, of uncertain origin

bisque3

[bisk] /bɪsk/
noun
1.
biscuit1 (def 4).
2.
Also called biscuit ware. vitreous china that is left unglazed.
3.
a pinkish-tan color.
adjective
4.
having the color bisque.
Origin
First recorded in 1655-65; short for biscuit
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Examples from the Web for bisque
Historical Examples
  • In the distance a curtain of porphyry and bisque drew its shadow across the moon.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • As it was I won in an uneventful six, and took with a bisque the short hole which followed.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • The potter will glaze your work for you if you wish, or leave it in the bisque.

  • A bisque is one stroke which may be claimed at any time during a set.

  • I tell you: how would it be if we began with a bisque of crab?

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • And just to prove it I'll bet you a ball a hole from here in—no handicap—not even a bisque.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • I assure you I shall appreciate anything from hardtack to bisque ice-cream.

    The Girl from Montana

    Grace Livingston Hill
  • The bisque of almonds requires one pound blanched almonds, one heaping cup of sugar and two pints of cream.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • The ice cream was made to look like wood, the caterer using a mixture of vanilla, chocolate, bisque and lemon flavors.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • bisque, bisk, n. a rich soup made of meat or fish slowly stewed and seasoned, crayfish soup.

British Dictionary definitions for bisque

bisque1

/bɪsk/
noun
1.
a thick rich soup made from shellfish
Word Origin
C17: from French

bisque2

/bɪsk/
noun
1.
  1. a pink to yellowish tan colour
  2. (as modifier): a bisque tablecloth
2.
(ceramics) another name for biscuit (sense 4)
Word Origin
C20: shortened from biscuit

bisque3

/bɪsk/
noun
1.
(tennis, golf, croquet) an extra point, stroke, or turn allowed to an inferior player, usually taken when desired
Word Origin
C17: from French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bisque
n.1

soup, 1640s, bisk, from French bisque "crayfish soup" (17c.), said to be an altered form of Biscaye "Biscay." Gamillscheg says: "Volkstümliche Entlehnung aus norm. bisque 'schlechtes Getränk.'" Modern form in English from 1731.

n.2

"unglazed porcelain," 1660s, alteration of biscuit.

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