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Thursday, September 06, 2012

piceous

\PIS-ee-uhs\ , adjective;
1.
Inflammable; combustible.
2.
Of, pertaining to, or resembling pitch.
3.
Zoology. Black or nearly black as pitch.
Quotes:
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:
Piceous stems from the Latin word piceus meaning "made of pitch."
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