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EtymologyEdit

From Latin caeruleus (blue), from caelum (sky, heaven) +‎ -uleus (diminutive suffix). Cognate with Old English hār (grey). More at hoar.

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  • IPA(key): /səˈɹuːli.ən/
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  • Hyphenation: ce‧ru‧le‧an

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cerulean (countable and uncountable, plural ceruleans)

  1. (countable and uncountable) A greenish-blue color.
    cerulean colour:  
    • 2014, William H. Gass, On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry, page 59:
      For our blues we have the azures and ceruleans, lapis lazulis, the light and dusty, the powder blues, the deeps: royal, sapphire, navy, and marine []
  2. (countable) Any of various lycaenid butterflies of the genus Jamides.

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cerulean (comparative more cerulean, superlative most cerulean)

 
A cerulean sky.
  1. sky-blue.
    • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter II
      As far to the west as Monica could see, her world was a sea of fog, … . Above it arched a cerulean sky; as the sun climbed to the zenith, …, the fog gradually took on a bluish tinge.

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