pi·​ce·​ous ˈpī-sē-əs How to pronounce piceous (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling pitch
especially : glossy brownish black in color
an insect with a piceous abdomen

Word History


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

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piceous was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Piceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piceous. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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