|"Tis a blae May day in Bray today."|
(photo by Pushka)
Adjective & noun. Scottish & northern. Middle English.
[Old Norse blar (whence also BLO): see BLUE adjective.]
A1 adjective. Blackish-blue; livid; lead-coloured. ME
A2 adjective. Bleak, sunless. E16
B noun. A kind of bluish-grey soft slate. M17
Have you every wondered what the colour of lead is? No? Really? Well, OK, but now that you know that it's blae, you're thinking "Wow! How life-changingly useful!" aren't you? No? Oh. Wow. Well, just so you know, blae is that previously indefinable bluish-blackish-greyish-silvery(ish) colour; it's Scottish, it rhymes with clay, and seeing as it's the predominant colour of the sky over Scotland and Ireland, I dare say it's a jolly useful word to have in one's active vocab.
Do you have a different word for the colour of lead?
(other than leaden, smartypants)