One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Rosaleen's skin was so chalky that her veins showed blue through it’
pale, bloodless, pallid, colourless, wan, ashen, white
waxen, chalk-white, milky
pasty, pasty-faced, whey-faced, peaky, sickly, anaemic, tired-looking, washed out, sallow, drained, drawn, sapped, ghostly, deathly, deathlike, blanched, bleached
2‘there were some chalky bits at the bottom of the glass’
powdery, floury, mealy, dusty, gritty, crumbly, friable, granulated, granular, ground, crushed, pulverized
rare pulverulent, levigated
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