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Blue. adj. [blæƿ, Sax. bleu, Fr.] One of the seven original colours.

                There's gold, and here,
My bluest veins to kiss; a hand that kings
Have lipt.
Shakesp. Antony and Cleopatra.

Where fires thou find'st unrak'd, and hearths unswept,
There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry.
Shakesp. Merry Wives of Windsor.

O coward conscience! how dost thou afflict me?
The lights burn blue - Is it not dead midnight?
Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.
Shakesp. Richard III.

Why does one climate, and one soil endue
The blushing poppy with a crimson hue;
Yet leave the lily pale, and tinge the violet blue?


There was scarce any other colour sensible, besides red and blue; only the blues, and principally the second blue, inclined a little to green. Newton's Opticks.

Sources: Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Newton, Isaac (40) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Saxon (215)

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