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French form of blue (1), used from c.1890 in names of various French blue cheeses (French fromage bleu) marketed in Britain and U.S.

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  • bleu de roi, made from cobalt; a deep lapis lazuli, sometimes veined and sown with gold.

  • Whatever is not practical, whatever cannot be expressed clearly in black and white, he calls “bleu.”

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
  • So saying, and bidding his people take good care of bleu Sanglier's retinue, the Prince left the hall with his daughter.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Special mention need only be made of the jewelled porcelain (Figs. 262 and 263) on a bleu de roi ground.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • A page bore a steel gauntlet on a cushion; bleu Sanglier had his hat on his head.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And taking the steel glove from the page, bleu Boar flung it clanging on the marble floor.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Well, never mind, I have lived to see it in the bleu dhorizon of a new and glorious day.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • A machine such as they hire out for a third-rate wedding to carry an epicier to the Mairie, to Church, and to the Cadran bleu.

  • At this time there was at the palace a pet dog, known by the name of bleu.

  • But defeated candidates will quite agree that the game of "bleu et jaune" is a good deal worse than "rouge et noir."

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