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silvery

[sil-vuh-ree] /ˈsɪl və ri/
adjective
1.
resembling silver; of a lustrous grayish-white color:
the silvery moon.
2.
having a clear, ringing sound like that of silver:
the silvery peal of bells.
3.
containing or covered with silver:
silvery deposits.
Origin of silvery
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; silver + -y1
Related forms
silveriness, noun
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  • In the silvery moonlight all the fairy, flower-like quality of her was enhanced.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Provost was tall, his silvery hair was blown about, and he had a droll face.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • A man was approaching, alone, across the silvery sand-hills.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Other boughs sagged under the weight of silvery cornucopias.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • The house was in darkness, and the moon brought it out in silvery, frigid relief.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for silvery

silvery

/ˈsɪlvərɪ/
adjective
1.
of or having the appearance of silver: the silvery moon
2.
containing or covered with silver
3.
having a clear ringing sound
Derived Forms
silveriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for silvery
adj.

late 14c., from silver (n.) + -y (2). Related: Silveriness.

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