bleak

bleak1
bleakish, adj.bleakly, adv.bleakness, n.
/bleek/, adj., bleaker, bleakest.
1. bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain.
2. cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind.
3. without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary: a bleak future.
[1300-50; ME bleke pale, b. variants bleche (OE blaec) and blake (OE blac); both c. ON bleikr, G bleich; akin to BLEACH]
Syn. 3. See austere.
bleak2
/bleek/, n.
a European freshwater fish, Alburnus alburnus, having scales with a silvery pigment that is used in the production of artificial pearls.
[1400-50; late ME bleke, n. use of bleke pale; see BLEAK1]

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fish
      (Alburnus alburnus), small, slender fish of the carp family, Cyprinidae, found in rivers and lakes of England and Europe. A silvery-green fish, it grows to a maximum length of about 20 centimetres (8 inches). It lives in schools, usually near the surface, and eats aquatic invertebrates. The bleak is edible but bony. Its scales are used in eastern Europe for the manufacture of artificial pearls.

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