Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pale blue pigment, prepared from the native blue carbonate of copper, or from smalt.
  • n. A cobalt blue pigment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pale blue pigment, prepared from the native blue carbonate of copper, or from smalt; -- called also blue bice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to two colors used in painting, one blue, the other green, both native carbonates of copper.

Etymologies

French bis, akin to Italian bigio light gray, tawny. (Wiktionary)

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