whitish

whitish
white ADJECTIVE 1) of the colour of milk or fresh snow, due to the reflection of all visible rays of light. 2) very pale. 3) relating to a human group having light-coloured skin, especially of European ancestry. 4) morally or spiritually pure. 5) Brit. (of coffee or tea) served with milk or cream. 6) (of food such as bread or rice) light in colour through having been refined. 7) (of wine) made from white grapes, or dark grapes with the skins removed, and having a yellowish colour.
NOUN 1) white colour or pigment. 2) (also whites) white clothes or material. 3) the visible pale part of the eyeball around the iris. 4) the outer part which surrounds the yolk of an egg; the albumen. 5) a member of a light-skinned people. 6) a white or cream butterfly.
VERB (white out) 1) turn white. 2) cover (a mistake) with white correction fluid. 3) lose colour vision as a prelude to losing consciousness.
bleed white — Cf. ↑bleed white
whited sepulchre — Cf. ↑whited sepulchre
DERIVATIVES whitely adverb whiteness noun whitish adjective.
ORIGIN Old English, related to WHEAT(Cf. ↑wheat).

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