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[blak-uh-vahyst, -vahyzd] /ˈblæk əˌvaɪst, -ˌvaɪzd/
having a dark complexion.
Also, black-a-viced
[blak-uh-vahyst] /ˈblæk əˌvaɪst/ (Show IPA)
Origin of black-a-vised
1750-60; Scots blackaviced, equivalent to black a vice (one) black of face (black + a3 + obsolete vice < Middle French vis; see visage) + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "I misjudged that black-a-vised fellow," said Ichabod to Lantrim.

  • They were a black-a-vised, ill-favored pair, these miners upon whose hospitality fate had thrown them.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • He and his black-a-vised kinfolk had little to do with the villagers, and the village had even less to do with them.

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