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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Definitions for piceous

  1. Inflammable; combustible.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or resembling pitch.
  3. Zoology. Black or nearly black as pitch.

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Citations for piceous
In the silent and piceous hour just before dawn, they advanced at a slow trot, fanning out through the slave quarters and into the yard that divided the gin house, the mill, and the buildings where Canning and I slept unaware. Geraldine Brooks, March
Dark pink for the brick buildings, dark green for the doorjambs and the benches, dark iron for the hinges, dark stone for Nathaniel's Tomb; darkness in the piceous roots of trees that broke through the earth like bones through skin. Roger Rosenblatt, Beet
Origin of piceous
1640-1650
Piceous stems from the Latin word piceus meaning "made of pitch."
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