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Black, subst., black colour: “clad in mourning b.” Lucr. 1585. “in the old age b. was not counted fair,” Sonn. 127, 1. “thy b. is fairest in my judgment's place,” Sonn. 131, 12. “have put on b.” 132, 3. “in b. mourn I,” Pilgr. 263. “b. is the badge of hell,” LLL IV, 3, 254. “in b. my lady's brows are decked,” LLL IV, 3, 254 LLL IV, 3, 254 “put on sullen b.” R2 V, 6, 48. “hung be the heavens with b.” H6A I, 1, 1. “we mourn in b.” H6A I, 1, 1 “all in b.” Rom. III, 2, 11. “suits of solemn b.” Hml. I, 2, 78. “let the devil wear b.” III, 2, 137. -- which is not under white and b. (== not written down) Ado V, 1, 314. “though the truth of it stands off as gross as b. and white,” H5 II, 2, 104. -- Plur. blacks == black stuffs or clothes: “were they false as o'erdyed blacks,” Wint. I, 2, 132, i. e. black things dyed over with another colour.
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