blēo

blēo, n.n: a colour, hue, complexion. (BLAY-oh / ˈbleːɔ)

Historiated initial C in a medieval manuscript in which a man sits at a desk and mixes colours, a selection of 8 pigments before him.
James le Palmer’s Omne Bonum; England (London), c. 1360-75; British Library, Royal 6 E vi, f. 329r. [blogs.bl.uk]

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