from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Scots Blue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Blue; blackish-blue; livid; also, bluish-gray; lead-colored: a color-name applied to various shades of blue.
  • Livid; pale-blue: applied to a person's complexion, as affected by cold, terror, or contusion.
  • n. In coal-mining, indurated argillaceous shale or clay, sometimes containing nodules of iron ore. The same term is also applied to beds of hard sandstone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of bluish-black or grey-blue


Middle English bla, dark blue, from Old Norse blār.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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