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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blue  \Blue\,  a.  [Compar.  {Bluer};  superl.  {Bluest}.]  [OE.  bla, 
  blo,  blew,  blue,  Sw  bl?,  D.  blauw  OHG.  bl?o,  G.  blau;  but 
  influenced  in  form  by  F.  bleu,  from  OHG.  bl[=a]o.] 
  1.  Having  the  color  of  the  clear  sky,  or  a  hue  resembling  it 
  whether  lighter  or  darker;  as  the  deep,  blue  sea;  as  blue 
  as  a  sapphire;  blue  violets.  ``The  blue  firmament.'' 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Pale,  without  redness  or  glare,  --  said  of  a  flame;  hence 
  of  the  color  of  burning  brimstone,  betokening  the  presence 
  of  ghosts  or  devils;  as  the  candle  burns  blue;  the  air 
  was  blue  with  oaths. 
 
  3.  Low  in  spirits;  melancholy;  as  to  feel  blue. 
 
  4.  Suited  to  produce  low  spirits;  gloomy  in  prospect;  as 
  thongs  looked  blue.  [Colloq.] 
 
  5.  Severe  or  over  strict  in  morals;  gloom;  as  blue  and  sour 
  religionists;  suiting  one  who  is  over  strict  in  morals; 
  inculcating  an  impracticable,  severe,  or  gloomy  mortality; 
  as  blue  laws. 
 
  6.  Literary;  --  applied  to  women;  --  an  abbreviation  of 
  bluestocking.  [Colloq.] 
 
  The  ladies  were  very  blue  and  well  informed. 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  {Blue  asbestus}.  See  {Crocidolite}. 
 
  {Blue  black},  of  or  having  a  very  dark  blue  color,  almost 
  black. 
 
  {Blue  blood}.  See  under  {Blood}. 
 
  {Blue  buck}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  South  African  antelope 
  ({Cephalophus  pygm[ae]us});  also  applied  to  a  larger 
  species  ({[AE]goceras  leucoph[ae]u}s);  the  blaubok. 
 
  {Blue  cod}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  buffalo  cod. 
 
  {Blue  crab}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  common  edible  crab  of  the 
  Atlantic  coast  of  the  United  States  ({Callinectes 
  hastatus}). 
 
  {Blue  curls}  (Bot.),  a  common  plant  ({Trichostema 
  dichotomum}),  resembling  pennyroyal,  and  hence  called  also 
  {bastard  pennyroyal}. 
 
  {Blue  devils},  apparitions  supposed  to  be  seen  by  persons 
  suffering  with  {delirium  tremens};  hence  very  low 
  spirits.  ``Can  Gumbo  shut  the  hall  door  upon  blue  devils, 
  or  lay  them  all  in  a  red  sea  of  claret?''  --Thackeray. 
 
  {Blue  gage}.  See  under  {Gage},  a  plum. 
 
  {Blue  gum},  an  Australian  myrtaceous  tree  ({Eucalyptus 
  globulus}),  of  the  loftiest  proportions,  now  cultivated  in 
  tropical  and  warm  temperate  regions  for  its  timber,  and  as 
  a  protection  against  malaria.  The  essential  oil  is 
  beginning  to  be  used  in  medicine.  The  timber  is  very 
  useful.  See  {Eucalyptus}. 
 
  {Blue  jack},  {Blue  stone},  blue  vitriol;  sulphate  of  copper. 
 
 
  {Blue  jacket},  a  man-of  war's  man;  a  sailor  wearing  a  naval 
  uniform. 
 
  {Blue  jaundice}.  See  under  {Jaundice}. 
 
  {Blue  laws},  a  name  first  used  in  the  eighteenth  century  to 
  describe  certain  supposititious  laws  of  extreme  rigor 
  reported  to  have  been  enacted  in  New  Haven;  hence  any 
  puritanical  laws.  [U.  S.] 
 
  {Blue  light},  a  composition  which  burns  with  a  brilliant  blue 
  flame;  --  used  in  pyrotechnics  and  as  a  night  signal  at 
  sea,  and  in  military  operations. 
 
  {Blue  mantle}  (Her.),  one  of  the  four  pursuivants  of  the 
  English  college  of  arms;  --  so  called  from  the  color  of 
  his  official  robes. 
 
  {Blue  mass},  a  preparation  of  mercury  from  which  is  formed 
  the  blue  pill.  --McElrath. 
 
  {Blue  mold},  or  mould,  the  blue  fungus  ({Aspergillus 
  glaucus})  which  grows  on  cheese.  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  {Blue  Monday},  a  Monday  following  a  Sunday  of  dissipation,  or 
  itself  given  to  dissipation  (as  the  Monday  before  Lent). 
 
 
  {Blue  ointment}  (Med.),  mercurial  ointment. 
 
  {Blue  Peter}  (British  Marine),  a  blue  flag  with  a  white 
  square  in  the  center,  used  as  a  signal  for  sailing,  to 
  recall  boats,  etc  It  is  a  corruption  of  blue  repeater, 
  one  of  the  British  signal  flags. 
 
  {Blue  pill}.  (Med.) 
  a  A  pill  of  prepared  mercury,  used  as  an  aperient,  etc 
  b  Blue  mass. 
 
  {Blue  ribbon}. 
  a  The  ribbon  worn  by  members  of  the  order  of  the  Garter; 
  --  hence  a  member  of  that  order 
  b  Anything  the  attainment  of  which  is  an  object  of  great 
  ambition;  a  distinction;  a  prize.  ``These 
  [scholarships]  were  the  --blue  ribbon  of  the 
  college.''  --Farrar. 
  c  The  distinctive  badge  of  certain  temperance  or  total 
  abstinence  organizations,  as  of  the  --Blue  ribbon 
  Army. 
 
  {Blue  ruin},  utter  ruin;  also  gin.  [Eng.  Slang]  --Carlyle. 
 
  {Blue  spar}  (Min.),  azure  spar;  lazulite.  See  {Lazulite}. 
 
  {Blue  thrush}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  European  and  Asiatic  thrush 
  ({Petrocossyphus  cyaneas}). 
 
  {Blue  verditer}.  See  {Verditer}. 
 
  {Blue  vitriol}  (Chem.),  sulphate  of  copper,  a  violet  blue 
  crystallized  salt,  used  in  electric  batteries,  calico 
  printing,  etc 
 
  {Blue  water},  the  open  ocean. 
 
  {To  look  blue},  to  look  disheartened  or  dejected. 
 
  {True  blue},  genuine  and  thorough;  not  modified,  nor  mixed; 
  not  spurious;  specifically,  of  uncompromising 
  Presbyterianism,  blue  being  the  color  adopted  by  the 
  Covenanters. 




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