Definition of bice in English:

bice

noun

mass noun
  • A medium blue or blue-green pigment made from basic copper carbonate.

    • ‘Repeated coats of lime have entirely covered all "gold, vermilion, and blue bice".’
    • ‘He accordingly mixed one part of red lead, four parts of blue bice, and a proper proportion of orpiment and verdigris.’
    • ‘Houses may be done with red lead; the tiles with vermilion or bice to represent blue slate.’
    • ‘Blue bice was used in watercolors and distemper during the 17th and 18th centuries. Our blue bice is made according to an English recipe of the 18th century.’
    • ‘Blue bice, however, has also been used to refer to the pigment produced from grinding the copper carbonate mineral azurite.’

Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense ‘dark or brownish grey’): from Old French bis ‘dark grey’, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

bice

/bʌɪs/