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bice

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noun

either of two colors, bice blue or bice green.

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Origin of bice

Middle English < Middle French bis ‘dark’, of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for bice

bice

/ (baɪs) /

noun

Also called: bice blue a medium blue colour; azurite
Also called: bice green a yellowish-green colour; malachite

Word Origin for bice

C14: from Old French bis dark grey, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bice

bice


n.

"pale blue color," early 15c., shortened from blew bis "blue bice," from French bis "swarthy, brownish-gray" (12c.), cognate with Italian bigio; of unknown origin. Via French combinations azur bis, vert bis the word came into English with a sense of "blue" or "green."

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