piceous

adjective
pi·​ce·​ous | \ ˈpī-sē-əs How to pronounce piceous (audio) \

Definition of piceous

: of, relating to, or resembling pitch especially : glossy brownish black in color an insect with a piceous abdomen

First Known Use of piceous

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piceous

Latin piceus, from pic-, pix pitch — more at pitch

Learn More About piceous

Time Traveler for piceous

Time Traveler

The first known use of piceous was in 1646

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near piceous

Picenum

piceous

pichiciago

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for piceous

Cite this Entry

“Piceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piceous. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!