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fancy, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more From elliptical use of general English adjective: see earliest quotations for each sense.
1. Ostrich-farming. byock.
[c1881 A. Douglass Ostrich Farming 81Sort first into heaps consisting of..best fancy-coloured, and second fancy-coloured.]
1930 M.F. Wormser Ostrich Indust. in S. Afr. 11Towards the end of the series of wing quills, 3 or 4 plumes of the cock, instead of being pure white, are a particolour of black and white; these are called fancies or byocks.
2. Diamond-trade. A diamond of gemstone quality, of a colour other than pure white or blue-white. Also attributive.
Note:
Not exclusively South African English.
[1870 E. Prov. Herald 12 Aug.Diamonds are found every day...By far the prettiest is of a greenish colour — a beautiful fancy gem.]
1977 Weekend Post 18 June (Suppl.) 2Diamonds occur naturally in five different shapes and nine colours — four of white and five yellow (Cape) — as well as the fancies, like reds, greens and blues.
byock.
A diamond of gemstone quality, of a colour other than pure white or blue-white. Also attributive.

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