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glaucous

[glaw-kuh s] /ˈglɔ kəs/
adjective
1.
light bluish-green or greenish-blue.
2.
Botany. covered with a whitish bloom, as a plum.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < Latin glaucus silvery, gray, bluish-green < Greek glaukós. See glauco-, -ous
Related forms
glaucously, adverb
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  • Growing to three feet tall, its elegant, arching stems are a glaucous blue-gray.
  • Foliage is slightly to moderately glaucous, resulting in a blue-green color, becoming glaucous to bluish on dry sites.
  • Texture varying from delicately herbaceous to robust and fleshy, color glaucous.
British Dictionary definitions for glaucous

glaucous

/ˈɡlɔːkəs/
adjective
1.
(botany) covered with a bluish waxy or powdery bloom
2.
bluish-green
Derived Forms
glaucously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin glaucus silvery, bluish-green, from Greek glaukos
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Word Origin and History for glaucous
adj.

"bluish-green, gray," 1670s, from Latin glaucus "bluish-green," of uncertain origin; used in Homer of the sea as "gleaming, silvery" (apparently without a color connotation); used by later writers with a sense of "bluish-green, gray," of olive leaves and eyes. Homer's glauk-opis Athene probably originally was a "bright-eyed," not a "gray-eyed" goddess. Greek for "owl" was glaux from its bright, staring eyes.

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