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English

Noun

petrol blue

  1. (UK) a greyish blue colour, tinted with green.

Usage notes

Many people erroneously believe that this is a misspelling of petrel blue, and that the term refers to the sea bird. However, the OED gives only this spelling. The term may originally have pertained to petrol-derived compounds such as paraffin, which is often coloured blue.

Adjective

petrol blue

  1. (UK) of a greyish blue colour, tinted with green.

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