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  • adj. superlative form of pale: most pale.


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  • Nejmi in palest, filmy yellow, her head against the door frame.

    Spice and the Devil's Cave

  • To keep it sweet, make sure it doesn't get any darker than palest gold.

    Nigel Slater's classic spaghettini aglio e olio

  • Look at that unctuous underglaze in the palest, almost imperceptible blue, not too glassy, not too dull, and fired with absolute evenness and consistency.

    Sir Percival David at the British Museum

  • The colors themselves dazzle: blues from the palest robin's egg to the deepest cyanide and cobalt; a deep blue-black background for the white Pelicanus Americanus; crimson red and paler pinks for the flamingo; so many shades of beige, brown and gray for the owls that you can't tell where one stops and another begins; an iridescent rainbow for ducks; a psychedelic palette for finches.

    The Joys of Slow Looking

  • We conjured up rooms in the palest blonde and ice—what became interesting was how shape, texture and paint finish were the strong cards.

    The Case Against Color

  • Yet despite Osama bin Laden's killing in May, the dwindling of his group to the palest shadow of its former self and the protest of millions across the Arab world for whom the group never represented, Al-Qaeda holds a grasp on the Western imagination.

    Fawaz Gerges: The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda: Debunking the Terrorism Narrative

  • It's not a particularly bright colour, nothing like the sunshine intensity of gorse, or a male brimstone's wings, not even as showy as the palest daffodil.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • The German triumvirate have plug-in and electric-car programs, too, but some seem like the palest greenwashing imaginable.

    In Geneva, Guessing at a Gas-Guzzling Future

  • Captain Carlsen was a giant hulk of a man, with gimlet eyes of palest blue, a slash-scarred mouth that a blazing red beard could not quite hide, and a grip in his hand that made Frederick squirm.


  • Coral patches uprose everywhere from the turquoise depths, running the gamut of green from deepest jade to palest tourmaline, over which the sea filtered changing shades, creamed lazily, or burst into white fountains of sun-flashed spray.



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