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glaucous Line breaks: glau|cous
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɔːkəs/

Definition of glaucous in English:


technical or , literary
1Of a dull greyish-green or blue colour.
Example sentences
  • Friedrich's ‘Landscape with a View of Mt Milleschauer’, possibly unfinished, is a desolate near-abstract without figures or even more than notional vegetation, in five dismal glaucous shades.
  • To contrast and complement this, Helleborus argutifolius with its glaucous grey-green leaves would make a good frontage.
  • And, even if the eerily atmospheric music is a trifle intrusive, the design recreates the glaucous strangeness of the fjords.
2Covered with a powdery bloom like that on grapes.
Example sentences
  • It is a compact bush, with dark-coloured foliage, and produces small berries having a glaucous bloom.
  • Observations on glossy and glaucous plants show that the predators are more active, cover more of the plant surface, and fall less from the reduced EW Brassica and Pisurn.
  • With its prostate growth habit, the ground-hugging stems of this form are clothed in glaucous foliage.


Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek glaukos + -ous.

Words that rhyme with glaucous

caucus, Dorcas, raucous
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