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Definition of bluish

: somewhat blue : having a tinge of blue

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Other Words from bluish

bluishness noun

Examples of bluish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If there’s clearing, that portion of the person’s skin will take on a bluish tinge, Dr. Johnson observes. Karen Pallarito,, "What Does a Lyme Disease Rash Really Look Like? These Pictures Explain It," 1 July 2020 The bluish-green plant, spanning at least 5 feet in diameter, is a survivor of an agricultural tradition stretching back centuries. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Gold mine along Hassayampa River may imperil tribal cultural, riparian sites," 7 July 2020 Uncle Rufus seems gruff at first, but Louisa’s fascination with the lush rainforest — the birds’ songs, the giant bluish-green trees and other unusual sights, sounds and smells — helps her adjust to this temporary home. Abby Mcganney Nolan, Washington Post, "KidsPost Summer Book Club: ‘Music for Tigers’," 30 June 2020 Chicks have bluish-gray down covering their bodies and a lighter colored bill. National Geographic, "Shoebill," 26 June 2020 Those with emergency warning signs of severe COVID-19—trouble breathing, persistent pain and pressure in the chest, bluish lips or face—should, however, seek immediate medical attention. Leah Groth,, "Lyme Disease and Coronavirus Have Some Similar Symptoms—Here's How to Tell the Difference," 12 June 2020 The goal should be a light bluish smoke out of the exhaust pipe, or ideally, nothing at all outside the heat waves. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: South Texas barbecue is all about the mesquite. Here’s how to use it," 1 June 2020 Ryugu’s surface is a mix of dark material with slightly reddish or bluish tinges. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Incredible video shows Hayabusa2 pogo-bouncing off asteroid," 7 May 2020 According to the Mayo Clinic, broken bones that require emergency medical treatment may also include heavy bleeding, a bone that has pierced the skin, or a bluish color on the affected extremity. Leah Groth,, "You Should Definitely Go to The ER if You Have These Symptoms—Even During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bluish

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2020

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“Bluish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bluish

: somewhat blue

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