Patrick Leigh Fermor’s beautifully wrought account of his travels in Mani in Greece provides a vivid portrayal of the Maniots, including the rare and almost Shakespearean word, ‘blackavized’.  That echo of a ‘visor’ conveys something of a warrior aspect, even though it’s only referring to their faces. 

According to the OED, it means ‘dark complexioned or swarthy’, and is now mainly Scottish, Irish or northern English, though by now probably pretty much obsolete except for poetic effect.


Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 54


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