A medium blue pigment made from basic copper carbonate.
- ‘Repeated coats of lime have entirely covered all "gold, vermilion, and blue bice".’
- ‘Houses may be done with red lead; the tiles with vermilion or bice to represent blue slate.’
- ‘He accordingly mixed one part of red lead, four parts of blue bice, and a proper proportion of orpiment and verdigris.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English (originally in the sense dark or brownish gray): from Old French bis dark gray.