[pis-ee-uh s, pahy-see-uh s]
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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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  1. of, relating to, or resembling pitch

Word Origin for piceous

C17: from Latin piceus, from pix pitch ²
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