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blue (first in S. as applied to mountains, flame, and veins)
1. formerly the distinctive colour of the dress of servants Shr. IV. i. 93, 1H6 I. iii. 47 “Blue coats to tawny coats.”
2. leaden-coloured, livid Wiv. IV. v. 117 “beaten black and blue,” V. v. 51 “as blue as bilberry.”
3. applied to the bluish-black circle round the eyes caused by weeping or watching AYL. III. ii. 398, Lucr. 1587.
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    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 3.2
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