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peacock blue

a lustrous greenish blue, as of certain peacock feathers.
Origin of peacock blue
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And suddenly the peacock-blue dress was gone and Claire became a gray figure from head to foot, a gray figure with two red lips.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • The colour of the ball or flower in one case was a peacock-blue and in the other dead black.

  • The parquet floor was almost hidden by priceless rugs from Teheran—white, brick-dust color, and peacock-blue.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Copper gives a peacock-blue which becomes green if the proportion of the copper oxide is increased.

  • He had just lurched into Doggies own peacock-blue and ivory sitting-room when he was mournfully playing the piano.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Curtains she saw of peacock-blue; and in a tall, narrow recess, dominating the room, squatted a great golden Buddha.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
  • His wife came down in dark grey silk with lace, and a touch of peacock-blue in her bonnet.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • It was very pleasant to try on the peacock-blue riding hood that so became her.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • The colors now in vogue for hall carpets are crimson or Pompeiian reds, with small figures of moss-green or peacock-blue.

  • In a madder-crimson Valery pot are Lent lilies—and the same in a peacock-blue fellow of a pinched and selfish shape.

British Dictionary definitions for peacock-blue

peacock blue

  1. a greenish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective): a peacock-blue car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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