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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light blue color .
  • n. Cloth or clothes of this color.
  • adj. Of the color watchet (as of eyes, clothes, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pale or light blue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A light- or pale-blue color.


From Middle English wachet; compare French vaciet, whortleberry, Latin vaccīnium ("blueberry"). (Wiktionary)



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  • " ten minutes to the hour he stepped into his barge rigged to the nines, from the silver buckles on his shoes to the chelengk in his hat, his bargemen splendid in watchet blue and snowy duck."
    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 316

    February 19, 2008

  • Sionnach, I was curious about the derivation and came up with this: Probably from F. vaciet bilberry, whortleberry; cf. L. vaccinium blueberry, whortleberry.

    So now I simply must have the word whortleberry, erect or no. :-)

    November 11, 2007

  • an attention-getting pale blue color

    November 10, 2007