A pale blue pigment prepared from the indigenous blue carbonate of copper or from smalt called in addition blue bice
- Alt. of Bise
"pale blue color," early 15c., shortened from blew bis "blue bice," from French bis "swarthy, brownish-gray" (12c.), cognate with Italian bigio; of unknown source. Through French combinations azur bis, vert bis the term arrived to English with a sense of "blue" or "green."
(n.) Alt. of Bise