Blue asbestus. See Crocidolite.Blue black, of, or having, a very dark blue color, almost black.Blue blood. See under Blood.Blue buck(Zoöl.), a small South African antelope (Cephalophus pygmæus); also applied to a larger species (Ægoceras leucophæus); the blaubok.Blue cod(Zoöl.), the buffalo cod.Blue crab(Zoöl.), the common edible crab of the Atlantic coast of the United States Blue curls(Bot.), a common plant resembling pennyroyal, and hence called also bastard pennyroyal.Blue devils, apparitions supposed to be seen by persons suffering with delirium tremens; hence, very low spirits. "Can Gumbo shut the hall door upon blue devils, or lay them all in a red sea of claret?" Thackeray.Blue gage. See under Gage, a plum.Blue gum, an Australian myrtaceous tree of the loftiest proportions, now cultivated in tropical and warm temperate regions for its timber, and as a protection against malaria. The essential oil is beginning to be used in medicine. The timber is very useful. See Eucalyptus.Blue jack, Blue stone, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.Blue jacket, a man-of war's man; a sailor wearing a naval uniform.Blue jaundice. See under Jaundice. Blue laws, a name first used in the eighteenth century to describe certain supposititious laws of extreme rigor reported to have been enacted in New Haven; hence, any puritanical laws. [U. S.] — Blue light, a composition which burns with a brilliant blue flame; — used in pyrotechnics and as a night signal at sea, and in military operations.Blue mantle(Her.), one of the four pursuivants of the English college of arms; — so called from the color of his official robes.Blue mass, a preparation of mercury from which is formed the blue pill. McElrath.Blue mold, or mould, the blue fungus (Aspergillus glaucus) which grows on cheese. Brande & C.Blue Monday, a Monday following a Sunday of dissipation, or itself given to dissipation Blue ointment(Med.), mercurial ointment.Blue Peter(British Marine), a blue flag with a white square in the center, used as a signal for sailing, to recall boats, etc. It is a corruption of blue repeater, one of the British signal flags.Blue pill. (Med.) (a) A pill of prepared mercury, used as an aperient, etc. (b) Blue mass.Blue ribbon. (a) The ribbon worn by members of the order of the Garter; — hence, a member of that order. (b) Anything the attainment of which is an object of great ambition; a distinction; a prize. "These [scholarships] were the blue ribbon of the college." Farrar. (c) The distinctive badge of certain temperance or total abstinence organizations, as of the Blue ribbon Army.Blue ruin, utter ruin; also, gin. [Eng. Slang] Carlyle.Blue spar (Min.), azure spar; lazulite. See Lazulite.Blue thrush(Zoöl.), a European and Asiatic thrush (Petrocossyphus cyaneas).Blue verditer. See Verditer.Blue vitriol(Chem.), sulphate of copper, a violet blue crystallized salt, used in electric batteries, calico printing, etc.Blue water, the open ocean.To look blue, to look disheartened or dejected.True blue, genuine and thorough; not modified, nor mixed; not spurious; specifically, of uncompromising Presbyterianism, blue being the color adopted by the Covenanters.

For his religion . . .
'T was Presbyterian, true blue.

(Blue) n.

1. One of the seven colors into which the rays of light divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism; the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that, whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color. Sometimes, poetically, the sky.

2. Pale, without redness or glare, — said of a flame; hence, of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air was blue with oaths.

3. Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.

4. Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as, thongs looked blue. [Colloq.]

5. Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals; inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality; as, blue laws.

6. Literary; — applied to women; — an abbreviation of bluestocking. [Colloq.]

The ladies were very blue and well informed.

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