gray /ˈgre/ 名詞
Gray a. [Compar. Grayer superl. Grayest.] [Written also grey.]
1. any color of neutral hue between white and black; white mixed with black, as the color of pepper and salt, or of ashes, or of hair whitened by age; sometimes, a dark mixed color; as, the soft gray eye of a dove.
These gray and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks. --Sir I. Newton.
2. Gray-haired; gray-headed; of a gray color; hoary.
3. Old; mature; as, gray experience. -- Ames.
Gray antimony Min., stibnite.
Gray buck Zool., the chickara.
Gray cobalt Min., smaltite.
Gray copper Min., tetrahedrite.
Gray duck Zool., the gadwall; also applied to the female mallard.
Gray falcon Zool. the peregrine falcon.
Gray Friar. See Franciscan, and Friar.
Gray hen Zool., the female of the blackcock or black grouse. See Heath grouse.
Gray mill or Gray millet Bot., a name of several plants of the genus Lithospermum; gromwell.
Gray mullet Zool. any one of the numerous species of the genus Mugil, or family Mugilidæ, found both in the Old World and America; as the European species (Mugilidæ capito, and Mugilidæ auratus), the American striped mullet (Mugilidæ albula), and the white or silver mullet (Mugilidæ Braziliensis). See Mullet.
Gray owl Zool., the European tawny or brown owl (Syrnium aluco). The great gray owl (Ulula cinerea) inhabits arctic America.
Gray parrot Zool., an African parrot (Psittacus erithacus), very commonly domesticated, and noted for its aptness in learning to talk. Also called jako.
Gray pike. Zool. See Sauger.
Gray snapper Zool., a Florida fish; the sea lawyer. See Snapper.
Gray snipe Zool., the dowitcher in winter plumage.
Gray whale Zool., a rather large and swift whale of the northern Pacific (Eschrichtius robustus, formerly Rhachianectes glaucus), having short jaws and no dorsal fin. It grows to a length of 50 feet (someimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare; -- called also grayback, devilfish, and hardhead. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons.
1. A gray color; any mixture of white and black; also, a neutral or whitish tint.
2. An animal or thing of gray color, as a horse, a badger, or a kind of salmon.
Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day.
That coats thy life, my gallant gray. --Sir W. Scott.
adj 1: an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of
black and white; "gray flannel suit"; "hair just
turning gray" [syn: grey, grayish, greyish]
2: showing characteristics of age, especially having gray or
white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge;
"nodded his hoary head" [syn: grey, gray-haired, grey-haired,
gray-headed, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary,
3: darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray
rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and
thick" [syn: dull, grey, leaden]
4: used to signify the Confederate forces in the Civil War (who
wore gray uniforms); "a stalwart gray figure" [syn: grey]
5: intermediate in character or position; "a gray area between
clearly legal and strictly illegal" [syn: grey]
n 1: a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
[syn: grayness, grey, greyness]
2: gray clothing; "he was dressed in gray" [syn: grey]
3: any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are gray;
"the Confederate army was a vast gray" [syn: grey]
4: horse of a light grey or whitish color
5: English poet best known for his elegy written in a country
church-yard (1716-1771) [syn: Thomas Gray]
6: American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and
who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806) [syn: Robert
7: United States botanist who specialized in North American
flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories
of evolution (1810-1888) [syn: Asa Gray]
v 1: make gray; "The painter decided to grey the sky" [syn: grey]
2: turn gray; "Her hair began to gray" [syn: grey]