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/blowzd/, adj. blowzy. * * *
See blowzy. * * *
See blowzily. * * *
—blowzily, adv. /blow"zee/, adj., blowzier, blowziest. 1. having a coarse, ruddy complexion. 2. disheveled in appearance; unkempt. Also, blowsy, blowzed, blowsed /blowzd/, ...
Bloy, Léon
▪ French author born July 11, 1846, Périgueux, France died Nov. 2, 1917, Bourg-la-Reine       French novelist, critic, polemicist, a fervent Roman Catholic convert who ...
Bureau of Labor Statistics. * * *
1. bales. 2. barrels. * * *
pl. BLTs. a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Also, B.L.T. [1950-55] * * *
/blub/, n. a swelling of fresh plasterwork. [1550-60; var. of BLOB] * * *
—blubberer, n. —blubberingly, adv. /blub"euhr/, n. 1. Zool. the fat layer between the skin and muscle of whales and other cetaceans, from which oil is made. 2. excess body ...
See blubber1. * * *
/blub"euhr hed'/, n. Slang. a stupid, inept person; blockhead. [1850-55; BLUBBER + HEAD] * * *
See blubberer. * * *
/blub"euh ree/, adj. 1. abounding in or resembling blubber; fat. 2. puffy; swollen: blubbery lips. [1785-95; BLUBBER + -Y1] * * *
/blooh"keuhr, -cheuhr/, n. 1. a strong, leather half boot. 2. a shoe having the vamp and tongue made of one piece and overlapped by the quarters, which lace across the ...
/blooh"keuhr, -cheuhr/; Ger. /blyuu"kheuhrdd/, n. Gebhart Leberecht von /gep"hahrddt lay"beuh rddekht' feuhn/, 1742-1819, Prussian field marshal. * * *
Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von, prince von Wahlstatt
born Dec. 16, 1742, Rostock, Mecklenburg died Sept. 12, 1819, Krieblowitz, near Kanth, Silesia, Prussia Prussian military leader. He joined the Prussian army in 1760 and ...
Blücher,Gebhard Leberecht von
Blü·cher (blo͞oʹkər, -chər, -KHər), Gebhard Leberecht von. Prince of Wahlstatt. 1742-1819. Prussian field marshal whose leadership of the Prussian army was crucial in the ...
▪ Austria       town, western Austria. It lies along the Ill River about 60 miles (100 km) east-southeast of Zürich, Switz. First mentioned in 830, it was fortified in ...
—bludger, n. /bluj/, v., bludged, bludging, n. Australian. v.t. 1. to shirk. 2. to impose on (someone). n. 3. an easy task. [1915-20; false analysis of BLUDGEON (v.) gives ...
—bludgeoner, bludgeoneer /bluj'euh near"/, n. /bluj"euhn/, n. 1. a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other. v.t. 2. to strike or knock ...
See bludgeoner. * * *
See bludgeon. * * *
—bluely, adv. —blueness, n. /blooh/, n., adj., bluer, bluest, v., blued, bluing or blueing. n. 1. the pure color of a clear sky; the primary color between green and violet in ...
blue (butterfly)
Any member of the widely occurring lepidopteran family Lycaenidae. Adults, sometimes known as gossamer-winged butterflies, are small and delicate, with a wingspan of 0.75–1.5 ...
blue alert
(in military or civilian defense) an alert following the first, or yellow, alert, in which air attack seems probable. Cf. red alert, white alert, yellow alert. * * *
blue angel
Slang. See blue heaven. * * *
Blue Angels
▪ United States Navy aircraft squadron official name  U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron        U.S. Navy fighter aircraft squadron that stages aerobatic ...
Blue Army
Canadian (chiefly Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver). an organization maintaining a directory of tradesmen and checking on the quality of the service they provide. * * *
blue asbestos
Mineral. crocidolite. * * *
blue baby
Pathol. an infant born with cyanosis resulting from a congenital heart or lung defect. [1900-05] * * *
blue badge
n (in Britain) a blue card with a picture of a wheelchair which can be displayed in the window of a car. It shows that the driver is officially recognized as a disabled person ...
blue blood
—blue-blooded, adj. /blooh" blud'/ for 1; /blooh" blud"/ for 2 1. an aristocrat, noble, or member of a socially prominent family. 2. aristocratic, noble, or socially prominent ...
blue book
1. a register or directory of socially prominent persons. 2. any register or directory, as of major companies or officials. 3. a blank book used in taking college examinations, ...
Blue Book, The
▪ publication       annually revised publication listing notable persons in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States; those ...
blue box
an electronic device used by phone phreaks to send out signals that unlock long-distance telephone circuits. [1975-80] * * *
Blue Boy
a famous painting (1779) by Thomas Gainsborough. It is one of his best-known works, and is a portrait of a boy dressed in blue. * * *
blue bull
nilgai. * * *
blue butterfly
▪ insect  any member of a group of insects in the widely distributed Lycaenidae family of common butterflies (order Lepidoptera). Adults are small and delicate, with a ...
blue catfish
a large freshwater catfish, Ictalurus furcatus, that is a popular food fish in the states of the Mississippi River valley. Also, blue cat. Also called blue channel cat, blue ...
blue cheese
a rich cheese in which the internal mold manifests itself in blue veins: made in France esp. from sheep's milk and elsewhere also from cow's milk and goat's milk. Also, bleu ...
blue chip
1. Chiefly Poker. a blue-colored chip of high value. 2. a common stock issued by a major company that has financial strength, stability against fluctuations, and a good record of ...
blue cohosh.
See under cohosh. [1815-25, Amer.] * * *
blue comb
Vet. Pathol. a disease of birds resembling Bright's disease in humans affecting esp. domestic fowl, characterized by fever, sunken eyes, and shriveling of the skin of the ...
blue copperas
Chem. See blue vitriol. * * *
blue coral
any coral of the genus Heliopora, having brown polyps and a blue skeleton, found in the Indo-Pacific region. * * *
blue crab
an edible crab, Callinectes sapidus, having a dark green body and bluish legs, found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America. [1880-85, Amer.] * * * Any member of a ...
blue crane
the great blue heron. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
Blue Cross
☆ Blue Cross service mark forservice mark for a nonprofit health insurance organization offering hospitalization and medical benefits to subscribers, esp. to groups of ...
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Trademark. a nonprofit organization that offers its members health insurance covering hospitalization, surgical, and medical expenses. * * *
blue daisy
a bushy, composite shrub, Felicia amelloides, of southern Africa, having solitary, daisylike flowers with yellow disks and blue rays, grown as an ornamental. Also called blue ...
blue dandelion
chicory (def. 1). * * *
blue dawn-flower
a tropical American vine, Ipomoea acuminata, of the morning glory family, having large, funnel-shaped flowers that turn from blue to pink. * * *
blue devil
Slang. See blue heaven. * * *
blue devils
1. low spirits; depression. 2. See delirium tremens. [1780-90] * * *
blue dicks
/diks/ a plant, Dichelostemma pulchellum, of the amaryllis family, common on the western coast of the U.S., having headlike clusters of blue flowers. * * *
blue dogwood
a shrub or small tree, Cornus alternifolia, of eastern North America, having clusters of white flowers and bluish fruit. * * *
blue ensign
n a blue flag with a Union Jack in the top left quarter. It is displayed on ships to show that they are being used by the British government. * * *
blue false indigo
a North American plant, Baptisia australis, of the legume family, having wedge-shaped leaflets and blue, clustered flowers. Also called rattle-bush. * * *
blue flag
any North American plant of the genus Iris, esp. I. versicolor: the state flower of Tennessee. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
blue flash.
Meteorol. See green flash. * * *
blue flower, the
▪ literature       in literary works, a mystic symbol of longing. The lichtblaue Blume first appeared in a dream to the hero of Novalis's fragmentary novel Heinrich von ...
blue flu
absenteeism among police officers or firefighters who claim to be ill but are in fact absent to support union contract demands or negotiations: so called from the officers' blue ...
blue fox
1. a bluish-gray winter color phase of the Arctic fox, Alopex lagopus. 2. the Arctic fox in summer pelage. 3. the blue fur of this animal. 4. any white fox fur dyed ...
blue gas
Chem. See water gas. [1900-05] * * *
blue giant
Astron. any of the large, bright stars having surface temperatures of about 20,000 K and diameters that are often ten times that of the sun. * * *
blue goose
a dark color phase of the snow goose, Chen caerulescens, of North America. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
blue grama.
See under grama. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
blue grosbeak
a grosbeak, Guiraca caerulea, of the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, the male of which is blue with two rusty bars on each wing. [1720-30, Amer.] * * *
blue grouse
a dull gray grouse, Dendragapus obscurus, of western North America, the male of which has a yellow or orange comb. Also called dusky grouse, sooty grouse. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
blue gum
eucalyptus. [1795-1805] * * *
blue heaven
Slang. a blue capsule or tablet containing the barbiturate amobarbital or its derivative. Also called blue angel, blue devil. * * *
blue helmets
blue helmets pl.n. Informal armed troops under the sponsorship of the United Nations, used for peacekeeping * * *
blue huckleberry
tangleberry. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
blue ice
Geol. the oldest and densest ice in a glacier, distinguished by a pale-blue color. * * *
Blue Island
a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 21,855. * * *
blue jack.
See coho salmon. * * *
blue jasmine
a southern U.S. shrubby vine, Clematis crispa, of the buttercup family, having solitary, bell-shaped, blue or bluish-purple to pink flowers and bearing fruit with silky ...
blue jay
a common, crested jay, Cyanocitta cristata, of eastern North America, having a bright blue back and a gray breast. [1700-10, Amer.] * * *       North American species of ...
blue jeans
close-fitting trousers made of blue denim or denimlike fabric, having pockets and seams often reinforced with rivets, and worn originally as work pants but now also as casual ...
blue law
any puritanical law that forbids certain practices, esp. drinking or working on Sunday, dancing, etc. Cf. sumptuary law. [1775-85, Amer.] * * * U.S. statute regulating work, ...
blue line
Ice Hockey. either of two lines of the color blue that are parallel to and equidistant from the goal lines and divide the rink into three zones of equal size. Also called zone ...
blue lips
a plant, Collinsia grandiflora, of the figwort family, of western central North America, having short-stalked flowers with the upper lip purple or white and the lower lip blue or ...
blue lotus
1. See under Egyptian lotus (def. 1). 2. a water lily, Nymphaea stellata, of India, having pale-blue flowers. * * *
blue marguerite.
See blue daisy. * * *
blue marlin
a large marlin, Makaira nigricans, occurring worldwide in warm and temperate seas, highly prized in sportfishing and as a food fish. * * *
blue mass
Pharm. 1. Also called mercury mass. a preparation of metallic mercury and other ingredients, used for making blue pills. 2. See blue pill (def. 1). [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
blue melilot
a European plant, Trigonella caerulea, of the legume family, having long-stalked clusters of blue and white flowers. * * *
blue mockingbird.
See under mockingbird (def. 2). * * *
blue mold
1. Also called green mold. any fungus of the genus Penicillium, which forms a bluish-green, furry coating on foodstuffs inoculated by its spores. 2. Plant Pathol. a. a disease of ...
blue Monday
a Monday regarded as a depressing workday in contrast to the pleasant relaxation of the weekend. * * *
blue moon
moon (def. 9). [1815-25] * * *
Blue Mountains
a range of low mountains in NE Oregon and SE Washington. * * * I Mountain range, eastern Jamaica. It extends from north of Kingston eastward 30 mi (50 km) to the Caribbean Sea. ...
blue mud
Geol., Oceanog. a deep-sea sediment of fine silt and clay that derives its bluish color from organic material and iron sulfide. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
blue myrtle
blueblossom. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
Blue Nile
a river in E Africa, flowing NNW from Lake Tana in Ethiopia into the Nile at Khartoum: a tributary of the Nile. ab. 950 mi. (1530 km) long. Cf. Nile. * * *
Blue Nile River
▪ river, Africa Arabic  Al-baḥr Al-azraq,  Amharic  Abāy,         headstream of the Nile River (q.v.) and source of almost 70 percent of its floodwater at ...
blue norther
Oklahoma and Texas. a cold north wind that brings rapidly falling temperatures. Also called blue whistler. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
blue note
Jazz. a flatted note, esp. the third or the seventh degree of the scale, recurring frequently in blues and jazz as a characteristic feature. [1925-30] * * *
blue onyx.
Jewelry. See German lapis. * * *
blue peter
Naut. a blue flag with a white square in the center, designating the letter P in the International Code of Signals, flown by a vessel in port to indicate its imminent ...
blue phlox
a plant, Phlox divaricata, of eastern North America, having creeping, rooting stems and mauve flowers. Also called wild sweet william. * * *
blue pike
a variety of the walleye, Strizostedion vitreum glaucum, inhabiting the Great Lakes. Also called blue pickerel, blue pikeperch, blue walleye. [1835-45] * * *
blue pill
Pharm. a pill of blue mass, used in medicine chiefly as a cathartic. Also called mercury mass. [1785-95] * * *
blue plaque
n any of the round blue notices that are attached to the front walls of houses especially in London to show that a famous person once lived there. * * *
blue plate
1. a plate, often decorated with a blue willow pattern, divided by ridges into sections for holding apart several kinds of food. 2. Also called blue plate special. a specially ...
blue point
a Siamese cat having a light-colored body and darker, bluish-gray points. [1940-45] * * *
blue pointer
a large shark, Isuropsis mako, having a blue-colored back and pointed snout, found in Australian waters where it is prized for sportfishing. [1880-85] * * *
blue racer
a bluish racer, Coluber constrictor flaviventris, of Ohio to eastern Iowa. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
Blue Riband
the title given to the ship that crosses the Atlantic in the fastest time. The last ship that held the title was the United States in 1952. The phrase blue riband or blue ribbon ...
blue ribbon
1. the highest award or distinction, as the first prize in a contest: His entry at the state fair won a blue ribbon. 2. a blue ribbon worn as a badge of honor, esp. by members of ...
Blue Rider School.
See Blaue Reiter. * * *
Blue Ridge
a mountain range extending SW from N Virginia to N Georgia: part of the Appalachian Mountains. Also called Blue Ridge Mountains. * * * or Blue Ridge Mountains Section of the ...
Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains 〚from their bluish appearance at a distance〛 easternmost range of the Appalachians, extending from S Pa. to N Ga.: see BLACK MOUNTAINS * * *
Blue Ridge Parkway
▪ route, United States  scenic motor route, extending 469 miles (755 km) primarily through the Blue Ridge segment of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and North ...
blue rockfish
a bluish-black rockfish, Sebastodes mystinus, inhabiting Pacific coastal waters of North America. Also called priestfish. * * *
blue runner
a carangid food fish, Caranx crysos, of the Atlantic Ocean. * * *
blue shark
a slender, pelagic shark, Prionace glauca, that is indigo blue above, shading to white below. Also called great blue shark. [1665-75] * * * ▪ fish also called  great blue ...
blue sheep
bharal. * * * ▪ mammal also called  bharal        either of two species of sheeplike mammals (mammal), family Bovidae (bovid) (order Artiodactyla (artiodactyl)), ...
Blue Shield.
See Blue Cross and Blue Shield. * * *
Blue Shirt
▪ Irish fascist movement Spanish  Camisa Azul,         member of a 20th-century Irish fascist movement founded by the former Irish president William Cosgrave. Gen. ...
blue spirea
a grayish, hairy, eastern Asian shrub, Caryopteris incana, of the verbena family, having clusters of showy, blue or bluish-purple flowers. * * *
Blue Springs
a town in W Missouri. 25,927. * * *
blue spruce
a spruce, Picea pungens, of western North America, having bluish-green leaves, grown as an ornamental: the state tree of Colorado and Utah. Also called Colorado blue spruce, ...
blue stain
Plant Pathol. a serious fungal disease of certain trees that reduces the economic value of the timber, caused by various species of the genus Ceratocystis. * * *
blue stellar object
Astron. any of a class of blue celestial objects, at one time thought to be stars, that do not emit appreciable radio waves. Abbr.: BSO * * *
blue stem
Plant Pathol. a disease of raspberries and blackberries, characterized by blue discoloration of the stem, wilting, and discoloration and decay of the roots, caused by a fungus, ...
blue straggler
Astron. one of a small group of blue stars within a cluster that falls near the main sequence even though other stars of its color have evolved off the main sequence. [1965-70] * ...
blue straggler star
▪ astronomy        star of bluish colour (and thus hot) that is found in old star clusters and that appears to be lagging behind most of the other stars in the cluster ...
blue streak
1. something moving very fast: They traveled like a blue streak through Italy. 2. continuous, rapid, or interminable speech: to talk a blue streak. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
blue succory
a composite garden plant, Catananche caerulea, of southern Europe, having very hairy leaves and blue flower heads, used by the ancients as a love potion. Also called ...
blue swimmer
an edible Australian crab, Portunus pelagicus. * * *
Blue Tail Fly
a lively American song sometimes called ‘Jimmy Crack Corn’. It was written before the American Civil War by Daniel Emmett who also wrote Dixie. It became popular among ...
blue thistle
blueweed (def. 1). * * *
blue tit
an Old World titmouse, Parus caeruleus, having a cobalt-blue crown. [1835-45] * * *
blue velvet
Slang. a mixture of paregoric and Pyribenzamine taken by vein as an illicit drug. * * *
blue verditer.
See under verditer. * * *
blue vitriol
Chem., Mineral. a salt, copper sulfate, CuSO4·5H2O, occurring naturally as large transparent, deep-blue triclinic crystals, appearing in its anhydrous state as a white powder: ...
blue walleye.
See blue pike. * * *
blue wavey.
See under wavey. * * *
blue whale
a migratory baleen whale, Balaenoptera musculus, mostly of oceans and seas in the Southern Hemisphere, growing to a length of 100 ft. (30.5 m) and having a furrowed, slate-blue ...
blue whistler
Oklahoma and Texas. See blue norther. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
blue wood aster
a composite plant, Aster cordifolius, of North America, having heart-shaped leaves and pale-blue flowers. * * *
blue-and-white ware
▪ pottery       white porcelain decorated with blue under the glaze. At least as early as the 9th century, underglaze blue had been used in the Middle East, whence it ...
—blue-blackness, n. /blooh"blak"/, adj. black with bluish highlights. [1815-25] * * *
See blue blood. * * *
blue-breasted quail
/blooh"bres'tid/ a small, brightly colored quail, Coturnix chinensis, of southern Asia and Australia, widely kept as a cage bird. Also called button quail. * * *
/blooh"chip'/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or constituting a blue chip. 2. having outstanding or exemplary qualities within a specified category; leading: a group of blue-chip ...
/blooh"kol"euhr/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to wage-earning workers who wear work clothes or other specialized clothing on the job, as mechanics, longshoremen, and miners. Cf. ...
/blooh"kerrlz'/, n., pl. blue-curls. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) any of several plants belonging to the genus Trichostema, of the mint family, having blue to pink or, ...
/blooh"uyd'/, adj. 1. having blue eyes. 2. having or representing childlike innocence. [1600-10] * * *
blue-eyed grass
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Sisyrinchium, of the iris family, having grasslike leaves and small, usually blue, flowers. [1775-85] * * * ▪ ...
blue-eyed Mary
a North American plant, Collinsia verna, of the figwort family, having long-stalked flowers with the upper lip white or purple and the lower lip blue. Also called ...
blue-eyed soul
▪ music       music created by white recording artists who faithfully imitated the soul music of the 1960s, a select few of whom were popular with black audiences as ...
blue-eyed grass (blo͞oʹīd') n. Any of various New World perennial herbs of the genus Sisyrinchium having grasslike leaves and small blue, white, or yellow flowers. * * *
blue-eyed Mary n. An annual North American herb (Collinsia verna) having bicolored flowers with two lips. Also called innocence. * * *
/blooh"green"/, n. a color about midway between blue and green in the spectrum. [1850-55] * * *
blue-green algae
Biol. a widely distributed group of predominantly photosynthetic prokaryotic organisms of the subkingdom Cyanophyta, resembling phototrophic bacteria, occurring singly or in ...
blue-green alga (blo͞oʹgrēn') n. See cyanobacterium. * * *
blue-headed vireo
/blooh"hed'id/. See solitary vireo. * * *
blue-jeaned (blo͞oʹjēnd') adj. 1. Wearing blue jeans. 2. Characteristic or suggestive of blue jeans: a blue-jeaned look and a down-home attitude. * * *
/blooh"leg'/, n. blewit. * * *
/blooh"pen"seuhl/, v.t., blue-penciled, blue-penciling or (esp. Brit.) blue-pencilled, blue-pencilling. to alter, abridge, or cancel with or as with a pencil that has blue lead, ...
blue-plate (blo͞oʹplāt') adj. Being a main course of a restaurant meal usually offered at a special price: a blue-plate lunch.   [Perhaps from the blue-patterned plate on ...
blue-plate special
☆ blue-plate special [blo͞o′plāt΄ ] n. an inexpensive restaurant meal served at a fixed price on a large plate, originally blue * * *
/blooh"red"/, n. a color about midway between blue and red in the spectrum; purplish. * * *
/blooh"rib"euhn/, adj. of superior quality or prominence; first-rate; specially selected: a blue-ribbon committee of fund-raisers. [1925-30; adj. use of BLUE RIBBON] * * *
blue-ribbon jury
a jury composed of persons having more than ordinary education and presumably exceptional intelligence and perceptiveness, selected by the court on the motion of plaintiff or ...
blue-ribbon jury n. A jury whose members have been selected for their special qualifications, such as higher education, that supposedly enable them to deal with complex legal ...
/blooh"rins'/, adj. of, for, or composed mostly of elderly women: the blue-rinse matinee audience. [1975-80; so called from the bluish tinge produced by certain rinses used on ...
/blooh"skuy"/, adj. 1. fanciful; impractical: blue-sky ideas. 2. (esp. of securities) having dubious value; not financially sound: a blue-sky stock. [1890-95] * * *
blue-sky law
a law regulating the sale of securities, real estate, etc., esp. such a law designed to prevent the promotion of fraudulent stocks. [1910-15, Amer.] * * *
blue-sky law n. A law designed to protect the public from buying fraudulent securities. * * *
blue-tongued lizard
/blooh"tungd'/ a large Australian lizard, Tiliqua scincoides, characterized by having a cobalt-blue tongue. * * *
/blooh"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, adj. designed to operate on and range over the open sea; oceangoing: a bluewater navy that can be dispatched throughout the world, far from its home ...
blue-winged teal
/blooh"wingd'/ a small duck, Anas discors, inhabiting ponds and rivers of North America, having a dull-brown mottled body and grayish-blue patches on the wings. [1630-40] * * *
blue agave n. A blue-leaved Mexican agave (Agave tequilana var. weber) used especially in making tequila. * * *
blue angel n. Slang A blue devil. * * *
blue baby n. An infant born with cyanosis as a result of a congenital cardiac or pulmonary defect that causes inadequate oxygenation of the blood. * * *
      common name for a number of blue-coloured fishes, particularly the lake herring, or cisco, a whitefish (q.v.); the summer, or glut, herring (see herring); and the ...
blueback salmon
/blooh"bak'/. See sockeye salmon. [1525-35] * * *
blue·back salmon (blo͞oʹbăk') n. See sockeye salmon. * * *
/blooh"beed'/, n. See corn lily (def. 2). [BLUE + BEAD; so called from its beadlike blue berries] * * *
—Bluebeardism, n. /blooh"beard'/, n. 1. a fairy-tale character whose seventh wife found the bodies of her predecessors in a room she had been forbidden to enter. 2. any man ...
/blooh"beet'/, n. ska. [BLUE + BEAT; cf. BLUES1] * * *
—bluebelled, adj. /blooh"bel'/, n. 1. any of numerous plants of the bellflower family, having blue, bell-shaped flowers, as a bellflower or harebell. 2. Also called wood ...
/blooh"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. blueberries. 1. the edible, usually bluish berry of various shrubs belonging to the genus Vaccinium, of the heath family. 2. any of these ...
/blooh"bil'/, n. the scaup duck. [1805-15, Amer.; BLUE + BILL2] * * *
/blooh"berrd'/, n. 1. any of several small North American songbirds of the genus Sialia, having predominantly blue plumage, as the eastern S. sialis, which has a blue back and a ...
blue blood also blue·blood (blo͞oʹblŭd') n. 1. Noble or aristocratic descent. 2. A member of the aristocracy.   [Translation of Spanish sangre azul: sangre, blood + azul, ...
/blooh"blos'euhm/, n. a shrub, Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, of the buckthorn family, abundant in the western U.S., having finely toothed oblong leaves and lilaclike clusters of blue ...
/blooh"bon'it/, n. 1. the cornflower, Centaurea cyanus. 2. a blue-flowered lupine, esp. Lupinus subcarnosus, having spikes of light blue flowers with a white or yellow spot: the ...
blue book also blue·book (blo͞oʹbo͝ok') n. 1. An official list of persons in the employ of the U.S. government. 2. A book listing the names of socially prominent people. 3. A ...
/blooh"bot'l/, n. 1. cornflower (def. 1). 2. a composite plant, Centaurea cyanus, having narrow leaves and blue flower heads. 3. See bluebottle fly. 4. Chiefly Australian. ...
bluebottle fly
any of several iridescent blue blow flies, esp. those of the genus Calliphora, some of which are parasitic on domestic animals. [1710-20] * * *
blue box also blue-box (blo͞oʹbŏks') n. Slang An electronic device having a tone pulsator that prevents telephone equipment from registering long-distance charges. * * *
      species of fairy wren (q.v.). * * *
blue catfish n. A large, bluish freshwater catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) of the Mississippi River valley, often weighing more than 45 kilograms (100 pounds). Also called blue ...
blue cheese n. A semisoft cheese made of cow's milk and having a greenish-blue mold and strong flavor. Also called bleu cheese. * * *
blue chip also blue-chip·per (blo͞oʹchĭp'ər) n. 1. A stock that sells at a high price because of public confidence in its long record of steady earnings. 2. An extremely ...
—bluecoated, adj. /blooh"koht'/, n. 1. a person who wears a blue coat or uniform. 2. a police officer. 3. a soldier in the U.S. Army in earlier times. [1585-95; BLUE + COAT] * ...
See bluecoat. * * *
blue cohosh n. A perennial herb (Caulophyllum thalictroides) of eastern North America, having a ternately compound leaf, small yellow-green or purplish flowers, and blue ...
blue crab n. An edible, bluish swimming crab (Callinectes sapidus) that has a wide distribution along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America. * * *
blue·curls also blue curls (blo͞oʹkûrlz') pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Any of several North American plants of the genus Trichostema in the mint family, having ...
blue devil n. 1. Slang. A blue capsule or tablet containing barbiturate amobarbital or its sodium derivative. 2. blue devils Informal. A feeling of depression; despondency. * * *
See blue devil. * * *
/blooh"feeld'/, n. a city in SW West Virginia. 16,060. * * * ▪ West Virginia, United States       city, Mercer county, extreme southern tip of West Virginia, U.S., ...
/blooh"feeldz'/, n. a seaport in E Nicaragua. 17,706. * * * ▪ Nicaragua       city and port, eastern Nicaragua, just south of the mouth of the Escondido River and ...
bluefin tuna
/blooh"fin'/ a large tuna, Thunnus thynnus, common in temperate seas. See illus. under tuna. [1920-25; BLUE + FIN] * * *
blue·fin tuna (blo͞ofĭn') n. A very large tuna (Thunnus thynnus) of temperate waters. It is an important commercial and eating variety. * * *
/blooh"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) bluefish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) bluefishes. 1. a predaceous, marine, bluish or greenish food fish, Pomatomus ...
blue flag n. Any of several irises having blue or blue-violet flowers, especially Iris versicolor of eastern North America. * * *
blue flu n. A sickout, especially by uniformed police officers.   [From the blue color of most police officers' uniforms.] * * *
blue fox n. 1. An arctic fox whose fur is bluish gray during a color phase typically occurring in the summer or extending throughout the year. 2. The fur of such a fox. * * *
/blooh"gil'/, n. a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus, of the Mississippi River valley, used for food. [1880-85, Amer.; BLUE + GILL1] * * * Popular game fish (Lepomis ...
/blooh"gras', -grahs'/, n. 1. any grass of the genus Poa, as the Kentucky bluegrass, P. pratensis, having dense tufts of bluish-green blades and creeping rhizomes. 2. country ...
Bluegrass Country
Bluegrass Country or Bluegrass Region region in central Ky. where there is much bluegrass: also called the Bluegrass * * *
Bluegrass Region
a region in central Kentucky, famous for its horse farms and fields of bluegrass. * * * Area of central Kentucky, U.S. The region contains Kentucky's best agricultural land and ...
Bluegrass State
Kentucky (used as a nickname). [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
blue grouse n. A wildfowl (Dendragapus obscurus) of western North America, having predominantly gray plumage. Also called dusky grouse, sooty grouse. * * *
blue gum n. A tall timber tree (Eucalyptus globulus) of Australia, having smooth, bluish deciduous bark and lance-shaped aromatic leaves. * * *
/blooh"hed'/, n. a wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum, of Atlantic seas, the adult male of which has a brilliant purplish-blue head. [BLUE + HEAD] * * *
☆ bluehearts [blo͞o′härts΄ ] n. pl. bluehearts a hairy, purple-flowered perennial plant (Buchnera americana) of the figwort family, found in the S U.S. * * *
blue heaven n. Slang A blue devil. * * *
blue heron n. Any of several varieties of heron with blue or blue-gray plumage. * * *
/blooh"ing/, n. Chem. bluing. * * *
/blooh"ish/, adj. bluish. * * *
/blooh"jak'/, n. a small oak, Quercus incana, of the southern U.S., having crooked branches and blue-green leaves. Also called bluejack oak. [1855-60, Amer.; BLUE + JACK1, ...
/blooh"jak'it/, n. a sailor, esp. in the U.S. or British navies. [1820-30; BLUE + JACKET] * * *
blue jay n. A North American bird (Cyanocitta cristata) having a crested head, predominantly blue plumage, and a harsh, noisy cry. * * *
bluejeans [blo͞o′jēnz΄] pl.n. jeans made of blue denim: also blue jeans * * * blue jeans also blue·jeans (blo͞oʹjēnz') pl.n. Clothes, especially pants, made of blue ...
blue jet n. A discharge of blue light that starts from the top of active thunderstorm clouds and proceeds upwards. Also called reverse lightning. * * *
blue law n. 1. A law designed to regulate commercial business on Sunday. 2. One of a body of laws in colonial New England designed to enforce certain moral standards and ...
/blooh"luyn'/, n. Print. a print made on light-sensitive paper and used as a proof for checking the position of stripped-up negatives or positives and copy prior to ...
Blue Lodge (blo͞o) n. A Freemasonry lodge in which the first three degrees, bearing blue decorations, are conferred. * * *
See blue. * * *
blue marlin n. A large marlin (Makaira nigricans) of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters, having dark blue to brownish upper parts, silvery underparts, and pale blue vertical bars ...
blue moon n. 1. a. The second of two full moons occurring in the same month. b. The third full moon in a three-month calendrical season that has four full moons. 2. Informal. A ...
Blue Mountains 1. A range of northeast Oregon and southeast Washington consisting of an uplifted, eroded part of the Columbia Plateau. It rises to 2,777.3 m (9,106 ft) at Rock ...
/blooh"nis/, n. the quality or state of being blue. [1485-95; BLUE + -NESS] * * *
Blue Nile A river of northeast Africa. It is the chief headstream of the Nile and flows about 1,609 km (1,000 mi) from northwest Ethiopia to Sudan. At Khartoum it merges with ...
/blooh"nohz'/, n. 1. a puritanical person; prude. 2. (cap.) Also, Blue Nose. Canadian. an inhabitant of the Maritime Provinces, esp. of Nova Scotia. 3. Naut. Slang. a. a sailing ...
See bluenose. * * *
blue note n. Music A flatted note, especially the third or seventh note of a scale, in place of an expected major interval.   [From its use in blues music.] * * *
blue peter n. Nautical A blue flag with a white square in the center, flown to signal that a ship is ready to sail.   [From the fact that it represents the letter P in the ...
blue pike n. A freshwater food and game fish (Strizostedion vitreum subsp. glaucum) found in the Great Lakes. It is a variety of the walleye. Also called blue pikeperch, blue ...
/blooh"poynt'/, n. a small oyster, esp. one from the oyster beds near Blue Point, Long Island, usually served raw on the half shell or in a cocktail. [1780-90, Amer.] * * *
—blueprinter, n. /blooh"print'/, n. 1. a process of photographic printing, used chiefly in copying architectural and mechanical drawings, which produces a white line on a blue ...
/blooh"prin'ting/, n. Automotive Slang. the procedure of improving the performance of an engine by dismantling and then rebuilding the reciprocating parts so that they meet exact ...
blue racer n. A bluish-green, harmless variety (Coluber constrictor subsp. flaviventris) of the blacksnake, found in the central United States. * * *
blue ribbon n. 1. An emblem, badge, or rosette made of blue ribbon that is awarded as the first prize in a competition. 2. An award or honor given for ...
Blue Ridge also Blue Ridge Mountains A range of the Appalachian Mountains extending from southern Pennsylvania to northern Georgia. It rises to 2,038.6 m (6,684 ft) at Mount ...
blue runner n. See runner. * * *
blues1 —bluesy, adj. /bloohz/, n. 1. the blues, (used with a pl. v.) depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy: This rainy spell is giving me the blues. 2. (used with a sing. ...
/bloohz"rok"/, n. a blend of rock-'n'-roll and blues. [1970-75] * * *
blue shark n. A pelagic shark (Prionace glauca) of tropical and temperate oceans that is a brilliant dark blue on top. It occasionally attacks people. * * *
/blooh"shift'/, n. Astron. a shift toward shorter wavelengths of the spectral lines of a celestial object, caused by the motion of the object toward the observer. Also, blue ...
/bloohz"meuhn, -man'/, n., pl. bluesmen /-meuhn, -men'/. a musician who sings or plays blues. [1965-70; BLUES1 + -MAN] * * *
Blue Springs A city of western Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. Population: 40,153. * * *
blue spruce n. A Rocky Mountain tree (Picea pungens) having silvery-blue or blue-green, four-angled, needlelike leaves and cylindrical cones. It is extensively cultivated as an ...
Bluest Eye, The
a novel (1970) by Toni Morrison. * * *
/blooh"stem'/, n. 1. any of several prairie grasses of the genus Andropogon, having bluish leaf sheaths, now grown in the western U.S. for forage. 2. See dwarf ...
—bluestockingism, n. /blooh"stok'ing/, n. 1. a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest. 2. a member of a mid-18th-century London ...
/blooh"stohn'/, n. a bluish, argillaceous sandstone used for building purposes, flagging, etc. [1645-55; BLUE + STONE] * * *

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