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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BLACK-A-VICED, -VISED, -VIZED, adj. Also black-avizit. “Of a black complexion” (Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems, Gloss.). Also fig. [′blɑkəvəist, -əvaɪzd, -əvist]Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 160:
You'll see an ill-faured, pock-marked, black-a-viced hizzie in the front laft.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin (1868) xxix.:
“Where is Mrs Bodkin,” inquired a lang black-a-viced man.
Gsw. 1991 James Alex McCash in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 15:
Grey daylicht: blench progeny of lemon-coloured
Helios and wintrous, black-avizit Nicht.
Arg.1 1929:
A wee, stumpy, blackaviced chap as dour as a whunstane.
Ayr. 1826 Galt Last of the Lairds 169:
A blackavised, pockyawr'd, knock-kneed, potatoe-bogle o' a dominie.
Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Black-a-vized. Dark-complexioned.

Hence black-a-vicedness, n.Fif. 1895 “S. Tytler” The Macdonald Lass xv.:
The black-a-vicedness remained, it is true, though he had striven to tone it down.

[A hybrid word; -a-viced from O.Fr. à vis, as to the face or appearanee (cf. mod.Fr. vis-à-vis). Given as n.Eng. dial. in N.E.D., as arch. in Concise Eng. Dict. and without comment in the Un. Eng. Dict.]

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