bice

bice

[bahys]
noun
either of two colors, bice blue or bice green.

Origin:
Middle English < Middle French bis ‘dark’, of uncertain origin

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bice (baɪs)
 
n
1.  Also called: bice blue a medium blue colour; azurite
2.  Also called: bice green a yellowish-green colour; malachite
 
[C14: from Old French bis dark grey, of uncertain origin]

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bice
"pale blue color," early 15c., short form blew bis "blue bice," from Fr. bis "swarthy, brownish-grey," cognate with It. 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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