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adj. bleak·er, bleak·est
a. Gloomy and somber: "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult" (John Millington Synge).
b. Providing no encouragement; depressing: a bleak prospect.
2. Cold and cutting; raw: bleak winds of the North Atlantic.
3. Exposed to the elements; unsheltered and barren: the bleak, treeless regions of the high Andes.
n. pl. bleak or bleaks
Any of various small European freshwater fishes of the genus Alburnus, having silvery scales.
[Middle English bleke, probably alteration (influenced by bleke, pale) of *blay, from Old English blǣge.]
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