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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Definitions for piceous

  1. Inflammable; combustible.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or resembling pitch.
  3. Zoology. Black or nearly black as pitch.

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Citations for piceous
In the silent and piceous hour just before dawn, they advanced at a slow trot, fanning out through the slave quarters and into the yard that divided the gin house, the mill, and the buildings where Canning and I slept unaware. Geraldine Brooks, March
Dark pink for the brick buildings, dark green for the doorjambs and the benches, dark iron for the hinges, dark stone for Nathaniel's Tomb; darkness in the piceous roots of trees that broke through the earth like bones through skin. Roger Rosenblatt, Beet
Origin of piceous
Piceous stems from the Latin word piceus meaning "made of pitch."