Gray

Definition of Gray

Pronunciation: grā
a.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.
4.gloomy; dismal.
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
(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.
n.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.
3.(U. S. History) the Confederate army or a soldier in the confederate army; as, a battle between the blue and the gray.
1.the SI unit of absorbed dosage of ionizing radiation, equal to an absorbed energy of 1 joule per kilogram of irradiated material; - abbreviated Gy. This unit is 100 times the commonly used unit, the rad.

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