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.
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- adj. of bluish-black or grey-blue
Snell, blae, nirly, and scowthering, are four of these significant vocables; they are all words that carry a shiver with them; and for my part, as I see them aligned before me on the page,
But they lookit sae blae, and their hearts were sae wae,
The great red face took a blae colour -- the tongue protruded from his mouth and the eyes stared wildly.
His knuckle and collar-bones shone blae through the tight skin.
His hose they are blae, and his shoon like the slae,
Are ye to eat your meat by the cheeks of a red fire, and think upon this poor sick lad of mine, biting his finger ends on a blae muir for cauld and hunger?
And yet the Lord hath sent me to you, and our faithful men about here, crying, Come away to the marriage: Come away, I will renew My contract with you; I will not give you a bill of divorcement, but I will give My Son to you; and your souls that are black and blae, I will make them beautiful.
There is neither tree nor bush, the sky is grey, the earth buff, the air blae and windy, and clouds of coarse granitic dust sweep across the prairie and smother the settlement.
They cause these arrows to strike the most vital part, but the stroke does not visibly break the skin, only a _blae_ mark is the result visible on the body after death.
I say I was vexed for it afterwards; especially as the laddie did not mean to give offence; and as I saw the blae marks of my four fingers along his chaft-blade.