black-a-vised

[ blak-uh-vahyst, -vahyzd ]
/ ˈblæk əˌvaɪst, -ˌvaɪzd /

adjective

having a dark complexion.

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Also black-a-viced [blak-uh-vahyst]. /ˈblæk əˌvaɪst/.

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
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Example sentences from the Web for black-a-vised

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

  • "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