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1. Of a pale grayish or bluish green.
2. Botany Covered with a grayish, bluish, or whitish waxy coating or bloom that is easily rubbed off: glaucous leaves.

[Latin glaucus, from Greek glaukos.]

glau′cous·ness n.
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1. (Botany) botany covered with a bluish waxy or powdery bloom
2. (Colours) bluish-green
[C17: from Latin glaucus silvery, bluish-green, from Greek glaukos]
ˈglaucously adv
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(ˈglɔ kəs)

1. light bluish green or greenish blue.
2. covered with a whitish bloom, as a plum.
[1665–75; < Latin glaucus silvery, gray, bluish green < Greek glaukós; see -ous]
glau′cous•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.glaucous - having a frosted look from a powdery coating, as on plants; "glaucous stems"; "glaucous plums"; "glaucous grapes"
opaque - not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight; "opaque windows of the jail"; "opaque to X-rays"
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adj leavesmit einer weißlichen Schicht überzogen; glaucous blue/greengräulich blau/grün
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References in classic literature ?
In the orchestra stalls, the drugget covering them looked like an angry sea, whose glaucous waves had been suddenly rendered stationary by a secret order from the storm phantom, who, as everybody knows, is called Adamastor.
As at Walden, in sultry dog-day weather, looking down through the woods on some of its bays which are not so deep but that the reflection from the bottom tinges them, its waters are of a misty bluish-green or glaucous color.
Instead of the white lily, which requires mud, or the common sweet flag, the blue flag (Iris versicolor) grows thinly in the pure water, rising from the stony bottom all around the shore, where it is visited by hummingbirds in June; and the color both of its bluish blades and its flowers and especially their reflections, is in singular harmony with the glaucous water.
We have included analyses of breeding and post-breeding glaucous gulls, although it is certain that many of the individuals recorded during our surveys were also non-breeding birds.
Its slender glaucous swords are held aggressively upright, but its flowers are delightful, if a touch bizarre, shade of a subtle greyish purple.
A glaucous gull was near Menai Bridge tip, while a little gull at Porthmadog's Llyn Bach stopped for a couple of days.
Three Little Gulls were off Porth Eirias on Sunday, blown by the weekend gales; a young Glaucous Gull was seen here again, with others at Criccieth and Llanddulas.
At least two glaucous gulls continue to inhabit the Menai Straits, but five avocets that spent a weekend at RSPB Conwy moved on, despite mating and prospecting for nests..
Nest failure rates were high (32%-95%), and arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus), alone or with polar bears (Ursus maritimus), appeared to be more destructive than glaucous gulls (Larus hyperboreus) to eider nests.
These conditions are ideal for finding Iceland and Glaucous Gulls if you have the patience to look.
pornographers in penguin suits, glaucous Dover sole.