American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man who first marries and then murders one wife after another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The hero of a mediæval French nursery legend, who, leaving home, enjoined his young wife not to open a certain room in his castle. She entered it, and found the murdered bodies of his former wives. -- Also used adjectively of a subject which it is forbidden to investigate.
- n. (fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience
- After Blue Beard, translation of French Barbe Bleue, a character in a story by Charles Perrault (1628-1703). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“New York Whether he is remembered as a fearsome bluebeard who went through six wives, a political tyrant who kept his executioner busy, the creator of the Anglican Church and despoiler of monasteries, or one of the most gifted and powerful monarchs of the early Renaissance, King Henry VIII of England (1491-1547) is among history's most renowned figures.”
“Regarding Fables I also heard once he couldnt use peter pan he changed his captain hook character to bluebeard.”
“The old bluebeard Henry, who spent his whole time in murdering his wives, was a nursery toy.”
“Not the men who won't let you; such a bluebeard of a man as your guardian, for instance.”
“Color for hot dry spots: yarrow; Shasta daisy; threadleaf coreopsis; dianthus; coneflowers; blanketflower; daylily; silver grass; switchgrass; fountain grass; beardtongue; salvia; Russian sage; sedum; rugosa rose; lilac; spirea; purple ninebark; sumac; barberry; bluebeard, or caryopteris; smokebush; hawthorn; ginkgo; and honey locust.”
“And when I say elders, I am not talking about those people just because he's got a long beard - every bluebeard does not make an Afghan elder.”
“English phrases include to blue ` to squander, 'hence to blow, a bluebeard ` a man who marries in order to kill his wife,' taken from Charles Perrault's”
“Here’s a quick list of shrubs that blooom on new wood, so they should be pruned hard in the spring (meaning, you can cut down the shrub, leaving only 6-8″ of wood). o Callicarpa beautyberry o Buddliea butterfly bush o Caryopteris bluebeard o Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ o Hibiscus moscheutos hardy hibiscus”
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The Brothers Grimm, Disney, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Perrault, folklore, George MacDonald, the inhabitants of Fabletown--it's all fair game.
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