Definition of bice in English:

bice

(also blue bice, bice blue)

noun

  • A medium blue pigment made from basic copper carbonate.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Houses may be done with red lead; the tiles with vermilion or bice to represent blue slate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 gray’): from Old French bis ‘dark gray’, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

bice

/baɪs//bīs/