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peacock blue

noun
1.
a lustrous greenish blue, as of certain peacock feathers.
Origin of peacock blue
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
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  • It was not so with George; his soul was fastened on that little daub of peacock blue.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • There is generally a stark tree form between the lozenges, in a peacock blue color.

  • Her bodice was of peacock blue and the whole effect was quite dazzling, and strange to say very becoming.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • On this occasion Her Majesty selected a most beautiful gown of peacock blue, embroidered all over with phoenix.

    Two Years in the Forbidden City The Princess Der Ling
  • It was a peculiar shade of peacock blue; unless I was mistaken, the one Mrs. Bowman had worn that night at Tait's.

  • The general scheme is a peacock blue, known technically as Egyptian green, and gold, with plentiful black and white.

  • She pointed out the middle shelf where peacock blue, pale green and white china statuettes stood in rows.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • She was at the opera last night in peacock blue when every other woman was wearing that dead, lustreless white.

    The Wheel of Life

    Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • At its stone feet, the sea, like a cloth of peacock blue, lay in flat complacency with faint rim of winding lace.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for peacock blue

peacock blue

noun
1.
  1. a greenish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective): a peacock-blue car
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