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

  • n. A moderate to pale blue or purplish blue.

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  • n. A very pale blue colour.
  • adj. Of a very pale blue colour.

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

  • n. a pale blue color with grey in it
  • adj. of a moderate to pale blue or purplish blue


From the color of powdered smalt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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