bise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bise a dry cold north wind in southeastern France
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bise A cold north wind which prevails on the northern coasts of the Mediterranean and in Switzerland, etc.; -- nearly the same as the mistral.
    • n Bise (Paint) A pale blue pigment, prepared from the native blue carbonate of copper, or from smalt; -- called also blue bice.
    • n Bise (Paint) See Bice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bise A dry cold north and northeast wind, prevailing especially in Provence and the Rhône valley, and very destructive to vegetation, so that “to be struck by the bise” has become a proverb in Provence, meaning to be overtaken by misfortune: nearly the same as mistral.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bise bēz a cold north or north-east wind prevalent at certain seasons in Switzerland and neighbouring parts of France and Italy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bis, akin to It. bigio, light gray, tawny
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

The root of a small creeper called "bise" is dug up and eaten.
"A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries And of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa (1858-1864)" by David Livingstone
The next morning the frost had set in: I hurried the invalid into the coach, and we turned our backs on the bise.
"Four Years in France" by Henry Digby Beste
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