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bleak2

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noun
  1. a European freshwater fish, Alburnus alburnus, having scales with a silvery pigment that is used in the production of artificial pearls.
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Origin of bleak2

1400–50; late Middle English bleke, noun use of bleke pale; see bleak1
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bleak1

adjective
  1. exposed and barren; desolate
  2. cold and raw
  3. offering little hope or excitement; dismala bleak future
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Derived Formsbleakly, adverbbleakness, noun

Word Origin

Old English blāc bright, pale; related to Old Norse bleikr white, Old High German bleih pale

bleak2

noun
  1. any slender silvery European cyprinid fish of the genus Alburnus, esp A. lucidus, occurring in slow-flowing rivers
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Word Origin

C15: probably from Old Norse bleikja white colour; related to Old High German bleiche bleach
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Word Origin and History for bleaks

bleak

adj.

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."

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