Black-a-vised

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Black-a-vised Dark-visaged; swart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • black-a-vised Dark-complexioned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Black-a-vised of dark complexion (probably originally black-à-vis)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blac, blæc, black.

Usage

In literature:

They were a black-a-vised, ill-favored pair, these miners upon whose hospitality fate had thrown them.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Open it, you black-a-vised sweep of darkness!
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
But these black-a-vised rogues of ours defy reasoning.
"A Tatter of Scarlet" by S. R. Crockett
Black-a-vised BOB, of the broad shoulders and resolute tug.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, December 24, 1887" by Various
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In poetry:

"When this black year began,
This Eighteen-forty-eight,
I was a great great man,
And king both vise and great,
And Munseer Guizot by me did show
As Minister of State.
"The Three Christmas Waits" by William Makepeace Thackeray