Main definitions of bisque in English

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bisque1

noun

  • A rich, creamy soup typically made with shellfish, especially lobster.

    • ‘A special of sherried lobster bisque demands to be ordered; its rich brick color and oceanic, lobster-shell tang give it a gutsy character.’
    • ‘My companion Michael's grilled langoustine tails with fresh linguine, wilted rocket and shellfish bisque were a case in point.’
    • ‘Spoon some lobster bisque onto a plate, set a mound of tomato jam on top, and stand a potato ring in the center, anchoring with the rouget on the base.’
    • ‘If you're having lobster bisque as a starter on Christmas Day, you'll be heartened to know it was probably harvested off the coast of Scotland.’
    • ‘I'm thinking lobster, I'm thinking champagne, probably beautiful seafood bisque in the soup bowls, and a wonderful green salad.’
    • ‘I ordered the lobster bisque and a hamachi sashimi dish.’
    • ‘There was lobster bisque, then blanc de loup, then pastry with fresh herbs and goat's cheese and a dessert of strawberries and raspberries in a mousse.’
    • ‘To serve, spoon some bisque into a soup bowl and place two brioche tuiles and some crab salad in the center.’
    • ‘With eyes bigger than our bellies we move on to lobster and prawn bisque, rich with cream and brandy, mopped up with home-made bread and washed down with a crisp, white Sauvignon.’
    • ‘Scallops come with a rich, foaming lobster bisque.’
    • ‘We had an amuse-bouche of lobster bisque with skate, a good strong flavour to get the juices flowing.’
    • ‘The soup course comprised a rich, dark bisque, which was lightened considerably by the topping of gruyère cheese and whipped cream.’
    • ‘To treat the palate to an unforgettable experience, serve the caviar-topped tartlets with a swirl of reduced lobster bisque.’
    • ‘I actually thought the lobster bisque was wonderful.’
    • ‘Allow the food to dispel your chills - the thick, soothing lobster bisque, the aromatic fennel soup, or a terrine of foie gras that glides down your throat like velvet across a smooth back.’
    • ‘The lobster bisque was dark and rich, while the cognac gave it an added edge, and it set the palate tingling.’
    • ‘The beauty of cooking and picking your own crab is that now you have the basis of one of my favourite soups: crab bisque.’
    • ‘Lobster bisque spiked with a shot of Armagnac, adminstered at the table, would work better if the salt content were tamed.’
    • ‘Following these there are soups with the Lobster bisque with brandy sounding very promising.’
    • ‘Now stir the rice into the buttery juices, then pour in the lobster bisque and the sherry and season.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: French, literally crayfish soup.

Pronunciation:

bisque

/bisk/

Main definitions of bisque in English

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bisque2

noun

  • An extra turn, point, or stroke allowed to a weaker player in croquet or court tennis.

    • ‘We need to get near one ball, take the first bisque to hit it and croquet it to a useful position whilst getting within hitting distance of another.’
    • ‘To take a bisque judiciously requires a cool head and great familiarity with tennis.’
    • ‘To our mind, there is a far better handicap than any of these, viz., the bisque.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (originally a term in court tennis): from French, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation:

bisque

/bisk/

Main definitions of bisque in English

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bisque3

noun

  • 1Fired unglazed pottery.

    ‘using bisque for doll heads’
    [as modifier] ‘bisque figurines’
    • ‘The ceramic finishes I create are carefully glazed on 010 bisque with Velvet underglazes using a variety of surface treatments.’
    • ‘The feet of the flower cups are made to look like vines or branches and start as coils wrapped around a conical bisque form.’
    • ‘The following day the bisque pieces were out of the kiln and ready to glaze.’
    • ‘After the bisque firing has been completed, the item is ready for glazing - the glaze is made from elements extracted from the Earth.’
    • ‘It is a low-fire technique, where bisque, a fired piece of unglazed clay, is quickly heated to red hot temperature and then taken out of the kiln and reduced in wood shavings, newspaper or a similar combustible material.’
    • ‘Potters, sculptors, bisque painters and clay enthusiasts are invited and encouraged to enter their work for this exhibition.’
    • ‘If two pieces of clay are not joined properly, they are likely to come apart either in the bisque (the first firing) or the final glaze firing.’
    • ‘Invite campers to return to the clay studio during their free time to glaze bisque ware, especially those pieces that were wheel thrown.’
    • ‘Determined to put the firm on an international footing he widened the range to include decorative tiles, fine porcelain and ornamental figures in plain and enamelled bisque and in Parian ware.’
    • ‘At this point, nature must be allowed to work its magic and dry the item until it is fit for bisque firing.’
    • ‘Students also have the option of glazing before or after the bisque firing.’
    • ‘After bisque firing to cone 06, students use underglazes to color their planters.’
    • ‘Allowed to dry overnight, the ‘slip-disks’ are flipped over and removed from the bats and ready for bisque firing.’
    • ‘The women have all been experimenting with porcelain art, creating intricate designs on a number of fine china and bisque pieces.’
    • ‘Painting on a three-dimensional, glazed bisque canvas is what I enjoy most, so I spend more time decorating and less making the forms.’
    • ‘They can be applied to greenware or bisque ware using a brush or sponge.’
    • ‘The hand-painted figurine is made of fine bisque porcelain.’
    • ‘Additions are applied to either form, then textured - the pieces are then painted with Velvets, fired to bisque temperature, and then fired a second time above temperature, usually cone 5.’
    • ‘After the bisque firing, I painted liquid iron oxide on them and washed it off with a sponge (rubber gloves are a must!) leaving black in all of the designs.’
    • ‘One of Johnson's primary vendors is a family friend who fires the bisque ceramic molds that Johnson stylizes and retails.’
  • 2A light brown color.

    ‘shades of bisque, taupe, and chocolate brown’
    • ‘The ribbon of bisque light passed on his eyes, showing in their eerie blackness a strange, demented enjoyment.’
    • ‘This jetted tub is also available in bisque.’
    • ‘It is available with a choice of white or bisque for color.’

adjective

  • Light brown in color.

    • ‘Choose the simplicity of all black; add accents in Nickel, Brass & Copper for a more dramatic statement;or add white or bisque panels.’
    • ‘Well, we now have a bisque refrigerator, a bisque stove and a bisque dishwasher.’
    • ‘For the bisque tones use Amber Clay, Bisque, Creamy Brown, Yellow Ochre, Alabaster and Burnt Sienna Fluid Chalk inks.’

Pronunciation:

bisque

/bisk/