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cobalt blue

noun
1.
a deep blue to a strong greenish-blue color.
2.
any of a number of pigments containing an oxide of cobalt.
Also called king's blue, Thenard's blue.
Origin of cobalt blue
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • Suit of same style in slate-gray, with buttons and pockets of cobalt blue.

  • Let us suppose that we make a tint by adding white to cobalt blue.

    Principles of Decorative Design Christopher Dresser
  • cobalt blue is a fine colour prepared from cobalt oxide and alumina.

  • A bag was filled with the crustaceæ, whose shells were of a cobalt blue.

    Abandoned Jules Verne
  • A brilliant black may also be obtained by a mixture of cobalt blue with the oxides of manganese and iron.

  • This pigment was cobalt blue (see note on p. 112), indicating a considerable confusion of these minerals.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • cobalt blue, or "azure," was only discovered in the sixteenth century by a German glass-maker.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • There shone the lake—a brilliant patch of cobalt blue, bordered by outlines of vivid green pasture and belts of timber.

    Station Amusements Lady Barker
  • The boy rolled back the door and Kitty stepped out upon a Laristan runner of rose hues and cobalt blue.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • Very good results in soap may be obtained by mixing a fast blue, as ultramarine or cobalt blue, with a red as rhodamine or eosine.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
British Dictionary definitions for cobalt blue

cobalt blue

noun
1.
Also called Thénard's blue. any greenish-blue pigment containing cobalt aluminate, usually made by heating cobaltous sulphate, aluminium oxide, and phosphoric acid together
2.
  1. a deep blue to greenish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective): a cobalt-blue car
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