glaucous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj glaucous having a frosted look from a powdery coating, as on plants "glaucous stems","glaucous plums","glaucous grapes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glaucous (Bot) Covered with a fine bloom or fine white powder easily rubbed off, as that on a blue plum, or on a cabbage leaf.
    • Glaucous Of a sea-green color; of a dull green passing into grayish blue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • glaucous Of a pale, luminous sea-green color; of a bluish green or greenish blue; specifically, in botany and zoology, dull-green passing into grayish-blue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Glaucous glaw′kus sea-green: grayish-blue:
    • adj Glaucous glaw′kus (bot.) covered with a fine green bloom
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. glaucus, Gr. glayko`s
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. glaucus, bluish—Gr. glaukos, blue or gray.

Usage

In literature:

Soames remained at his post of fidelity to the glaucous witch.
"Seven Men" by Max Beerbohm
Mrs. Bodiham looked at him; her pale, glaucous eyes reflected his action without comment.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
The water is of a queer glaucous green, olive-coloured, or rather like the tint made when you wash out a box of water-colour paints.
"Angling Sketches" by Andrew Lang
A God who thinks, acts, speaks, who wanders through nature, like Ulysses of old on the glaucous sea, is altogether a man.
"Thais" by Anatole France
It is recognized among its associate species by its conspicuously glaucous foliage.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
Willow, glaucous (pussy), 107.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
They sometimes appear to have a glaucous reflection, probably from the abundance of the spores.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
This bird differs from the Glaucous-winged only in the pattern of the gray markings of the primaries and in having a little lighter mantle.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The mass of dismembered spores forms that fine glaucous hue which is mentioned above.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
Sepals and petals glaucous green.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
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In poetry:

Haunted by fruitless dream his vessels sped
Three years the glaucous solitudes to explore,
Until, heart-sickening the Bermudan shore,
Beneath Floridian skies enchantments spread.
"Youth" by Jose Maria de Heredia y Giraud
The glaucous glow of fireflies
Flickered the dusk; and foxlike eyes
Peered from the shadows; and the hush
Murmured a word of wind and rush
Of fluttering waters, fragrant sighs,
And dreams unseen of mortal eyes.
"In The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein
I can smell the salt, all right.
At our feet, the weed-mustachioed sea
Exhibits its glaucous silks,
Bowing and truckling like an old-school oriental.
You're no happier than I about it.
A policeman points out a vacant cliff
"Whitsun" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Glaucous-winged gulls line the Aurora Harbor breakwater at high tide on Thursday.
Division 8 daffodil with erect, keeled, glaucous, mid-green leaves, 12 in.
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