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bice

[bahys] /baɪs/
noun
1.
either of two colors, bice blue or bice green.
Origin
Middle English < Middle French bis ‘dark’, of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for bice

bice

/baɪs/
noun
1.
Also called bice blue. a medium blue colour; azurite
2.
Also called bice green. a yellowish-green colour; malachite
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bis dark grey, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bice
n.

"pale blue color," early 15c., shortened from blew bis "blue bice," from French bis "swarthy, brownish-gray" (12c.), cognate with Italian bigio; of unknown origin. Via French combinations azur bis, vert bis the word came into English with a sense of "blue" or "green."

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