meaning of bice

bice meaning in General Dictionary

A pale blue pigment prepared from the indigenous blue carbonate of copper or from smalt called in addition blue bice

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bice meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"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."

bice meaning in General Dictionary

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