American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of a pale grayish or bluish green.
- adj. Botany Covered with a grayish, bluish, or whitish waxy coating or bloom that is easily rubbed off: glaucous leaves.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a pale, luminous sea-green color; of a bluish green or greenish blue; specifically, in botany and zoology, dull-green passing into grayish-blue.
- adj. Of a pale green colour with a bluish-grey tinge, especially when covered with a powdery residue.
- adj. botany Covered with a bloom or a pale powdery covering, regardless of colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a sea-green color; of a dull green passing into grayish blue.
- adj. (Bot.) Covered with a fine bloom or fine white powder easily rubbed off, as that on a blue plum, or on a cabbage leaf.
- adj. having a frosted look from a powdery coating, as on plants
- From Latin glaucus, from Ancient Greek γλαυκός (glaukos, "blue-green, blue-grey"). See Irish glas. (Wiktionary)
- Latin glaucus, from Greek glaukos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The color of the leaves is always more glaucous, that is, of a darker and more bluish green, than is usual in the cauliflowers.”
“Dainty black-legged kittiwakes and glaucous gulls flew in swirling clouds overhead while black-and-white thick-billed and common murres skimmed low across the water, looking like tuxedo-clad squadrons on maneuvers.”
“Suddenly, one of the glaucous gulls — a huge white-and-gray predatory bird — snatched a young murre from a ledge, swallowing it whole.”
“Piping plovers, difficult to identify gulls which were herrings? glaucous? great black-backed? and arctic terns were always there.”
“All was glaucous green but for her rosy flesh and her long golden hair.”
“The locals, mostly ethnic Pashtuns, had largely supported the Taliban regime, and Najibullah believed that many al Qaeda members, too, had gone into hiding and were being sheltered by villagers in hamlets like the one where we were buying sweets—a cluster of mud-brick and straw huts clinging to the glaucous mountainside.”
““Work is work,” said Helen in a flat voice, staring at the glaucous eye of a sole above its pursed little rubbery lips.”
“A number of arctic marine mammal and bird species are circumpolar, and are represented by several populations and even subspecies (e.g., the bowhead whale, walrus, bearded seal, ringed seal, herring gull (Larus argentatus), glaucous gull (L. hyperboreus), and kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)).”
“It is known that 2,000 glaucous-winged gull eggs were collected in 1999 and again in 2001 from Toporkov Island, where the largest colony of the species exists among the Commander Islands .”
“In Kamchatka, local people collected 4,000 to 5,000 glaucous-winged and black-headed (L. ridibundus) gull eggs annually in the past, but the collection is thought to be negligible currently.”
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