bluishness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bluish +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

bluishness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being bluish.
    • 1922, Ivan Bunin, "Son" in The Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories, translated by S. S. Koteliansky and Leonard Woolf, Richmond: Leonard & Virginia Woolf, 1922, p. 79, [1]
      [] the blinds and curtains made it almost dark. Still from the pale bluishness which filtered in one could see that it was very early.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XIII, p. 208-9, [2]
      Should a stranger suppose that they were white, he would soon be told that they were halfcaste. Should one doubt it, as passing strangers sometimes did, the children would be seized if unprotected and have the whites of their eyes and bases of their finger-nails searched for that bluishness which is supposed to be the evidence of black blood.

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