Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Color; hue; complexion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic Complexion; color; hue; likeness; form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rare Colour, hue.
  • noun Complexion.
  • noun Form, texture, consistency.
  • noun General resemblance, likeness; aspect, appearance, look.

Etymologies

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From Middle English blee, ble ("colour, hue"), from Old English blēo, bleoh ("colour, hue, complexion, form"), from Proto-Germanic *blījan, *blīwan (“colour, blee", also "light, glad”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlī-, *bhlei-, *bhleu- (“light, pleasant, fair (of weather)”). Cognate with Scots ble, blee, blie ("colour, complexion"), Old Frisian blī, blie (North Frisian bläy, "colour, hue, complexion"), Old Saxon blī ("colour, hue, complexion"), Old High German blīo(h) ("colour, hue"), blīo (German Blei, "metallic lead"), Danish bly ("lead"), Icelandic blý ("lead"). Perhaps related to Old English blīþe ("joyous"; > blithe). See also bly.

Examples

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  • blee blee blee blee blee blee...BLEEE

    February 19, 2010

  • Lizards on land and fishes at sea

    Can deceptively alter their blee.

    While they may dissemble

    By what they resemble

    No trustworthy man is so free.

    August 31, 2014