glaucous








adjective

  1. light bluish-green or greenish-blue.
  2. Botany. covered with a whitish bloom, as a plum.

adjective

  1. botany covered with a bluish waxy or powdery bloom
  2. bluish-green
adj.

“bluish-green, gray,” 1670s, from Latin glaucus “bluish-green,” of uncertain origin; used in Homer of the sea as “gleaming, silvery” (apparently without a color connotation); used by later writers with a sense of “bluish-green, gray,” of olive leaves and eyes. Homer’s glauk-opis Athene probably originally was a “bright-eyed,” not a “gray-eyed” goddess. Greek for “owl” was glaux from its bright, staring eyes.

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