- a European freshwater fish, Alburnus alburnus, having scales with a silvery pigment that is used in the production of artificial pearls.
Origin of bleak2
Examples from the Web for bleaks
Will Mr Bleaks be so good as to read over his account once more?
Bleaks called to his wife, who presently came to the room door.
Mr Bleaks, will you be so good as to have the gig and my luggage brought on shore?
Where these Bleaks yearly seeking to be nourished, they be always at that season taken and destroyed.An English Garner (4 of 8)
- exposed and barren; desolate
- cold and raw
- offering little hope or excitement; dismala bleak future
- any slender silvery European cyprinid fish of the genus Alburnus, esp A. lucidus, occurring in slow-flowing rivers
Word Origin and History for bleaks
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."