AskDefine | Define Bice

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  1. a pale blue pigment, prepared from the native blue carbonate of copper, or from smalt.
  2. a cobalt blue pigment.

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Bice (from Fr. bis, a word of doubtful origin, meaning dark-coloured), a term erroneously applied in English to particular shades of green or blue pigments from the French terms vert bis and azur bis, meaning dark green and dark blue respectively. These colours are generally prepared from basic copper carbonates, but sometimes from ultramarine and other pigments.


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