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piceous

[pis-ee-uh s, pahy-see-uh s]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling pitch.
  2. inflammable; combustible.
  3. Zoology. black or nearly black as pitch.
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Origin of piceous

1640–50; < Latin piceus made of pitch, equivalent to pice- (stem of pix) pitch2 + -us adj. suffix; see -ous
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Historical Examples

  • The labrum or upper-lip is fulvous; and the antenn are piceous.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)

    William Kirby


British Dictionary definitions for piceous

piceous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling pitch
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin piceus, from pix pitch ²
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