/ (blez, bleɪz) /


  1. hardened clay or shale, esp when crushed and used to form the top layer of a sports pitch: bluish-grey or reddish in colour
  2. (as modifier)a blaes pitch

Word Origin for blaes

C18: from blae
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Examples from the Web for blaes

  • Near Glasgow one sees great heaps of shale or blaes (generally blackband), which are often mistaken for natural hills.

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