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bisque1

[bisk] /bɪsk/
noun
1.
a thick cream soup, especially of puréed shellfish or vegetables.
2.
ice cream made with powdered macaroons or nuts.
Also, bisk.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < French, of uncertain origin

bisque2

[bisk] /bɪsk/
noun, Sports.
1.
a point, extra turn, or the like, as in court tennis or croquet.
Origin
1605-15; < French, earlier biscaye, of uncertain origin

bisque3

[bisk] /bɪsk/
noun
1.
biscuit (def 4).
2.
Also called biscuit ware. vitreous china that is left unglazed.
3.
a pinkish-tan color.
adjective
4.
having the color bisque.
Origin
1655-65; short for biscuit
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Examples from the web for bisque
  • In here, the tomato bisque is made by a popular, local chef.
  • When the bisque has reduced, remove from heat and stir in the tarragon.
  • Both onion soup and lobster bisque lacked character.
  • Popular starters include a heady lobster bisque, leeks vinaigrette, and shrimp salad with basil.
  • There are sculptures in bronze, marble, bisque and ceramic.
  • She ordered lobster-and-crawfish bisque and a salad.
  • Participants select a pre-fired bisque item and paint their piece as they wish.
  • Put them in a freezer zip loc bag and keep in the freezer until you want to make shrimp bisque or a flavorful sauce.
  • Oyster bisque is a favorite supper dish for the holidays.
  • In contemporary ceramics studios, customers decorate the bisque-ware with either non-toxic glazes or acrylic paints.
British Dictionary definitions for bisque

bisque1

/bɪsk/
noun
1.
a thick rich soup made from shellfish
Word Origin
C17: from French

bisque2

/bɪsk/
noun
1.
  1. a pink to yellowish tan colour
  2. (as modifier): a bisque tablecloth
2.
(ceramics) another name for biscuit (sense 4)
Word Origin
C20: shortened from biscuit

bisque3

/bɪsk/
noun
1.
(tennis, golf, croquet) an extra point, stroke, or turn allowed to an inferior player, usually taken when desired
Word Origin
C17: from French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bisque
n.

soup, 1640s, bisk, from French bisque "crayfish soup" (17c.), said to be an altered form of Biscaye "Biscay." Gamillscheg says: "Volkstümliche Entlehnung aus norm. bisque 'schlechtes Getränk.'" Modern form in English from 1731.

"unglazed porcelain," 1660s, alteration of biscuit.

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