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

  • adj. Very dark blue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very dark blue.
  • n. Black with bluish highlights.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of, or having, a very dark blue color, almost black.
  • n. a pigment of a blue black color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a bluish-black color.
  • n. A name of ivory-black, from its bluish hue; a color resembling ivory-black.
  • n. A well-burnt and levigated charcoal prepared from vine-twigs. Also called vine-black.
  • n. In making black leathers, the foundation for the final color, a bluish black which when finished is a jet-black on the grain side.

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

  • adj. of black tinged with blue


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  • Yet, in our morning conversations, we both acknowledge that my talent with a Beretta pistol or his with a blue-black machine-gun pistol are not real.

    Miguel Guhlin: In Loco Parentis

  • There are still some fat, red berries among the hawthorns, though, and blackthorn bushes have their own blue-black berries known as sloes, which make delicious sloe gin.

    Plantwatch: Traveller's joy and old man's beard herald Father Christmas

  • The water was very smooth below us, the hard colour of some blue-black stone.

    "If looks could kill, they probably will..."

  • Though some of these works are significant Samuel Palmer's Arcadian landscape bathed in a pink-and-gold sunset; Arthur Melville's nightscape of Venice, golden stone rising through a velvet blue-black sky, they form in aggregate the least interesting body of work in the show.

    Medium is message at Tate Britain 'Watercolour' show

  • The village witch doctor coated Mr. Holm's burns with a blue-black paste of boiled snake, tree bark and herbs.

    Looking Back On the Spy Life

  • The sun gleamed off her long, blue-black hair, as if reflecting off a pool of water.


  • The birds spun like a blue-black dust devil before resettling out of sight.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • She stood slowly, wiping her mouth with the back of her wrist, then stared out at the blue-black water and the odd beauty of the downtown skyline framed by light-pollution haze and dim stars.

    Surrender the Dark

  • Great blue-black clouds rolled in from the west and just at dusk I saw one raven slide into the lower level of the chimney.

    Bird Cloud

  • Her eyes were cold black beads in her pale face, and the wings detached from long spidery arms and trailed in the dust like a blue-black cloak.

    The Wall « A Fly in Amber


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