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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  White as a moonlit sail.
            —William Alexander
  White as the necks of swans.
            —James Lane Allen
  White as a bean.
  White as lime.
  White as a baby’s arm.
  White as a diamond.
  White as a doll.
  White as a dove.
  White as a fish.
  White as a flock of sheep.
  White as a ghost.
  White as a live terrier.
  White as a pillow.
  White as arsenic.
  White as a sheet.
  White as a shroud.
  White as a spirit.
  White as a statue.
  White as a sycamore.
  White as a whale’s tooth.
  White as chastity.
  White as his neck-cloth.
  White as salt.
  White as silver.
  White as sin forgiven.
  White as sunbeams.
  White as the breakers’ foam.
  White as the breast of a gull.
  White as the blossoms of the almond tree.
  White as the foam that danced on the billow’s height.
  White as the gown of a bride.
  White as the hand of Moses.
  White as the snowy white rose that in the moonlight sighs.
  White as white satin.
  White like the inside of a shoulder of mutton.
  White as the stem of a young palm.
  White as paper of Syria.
  White as camphor.
            —Arabian Nights
  Brow white as day.
            —Arabian Nights
  White as morning.
            —Arabian Nights
  White as the full moon when it mooneth on its fourteenth night.
            —Arabian Nights
  White like egg of the pigeon hen.
            —Arabian Nights
  White as bismuth.
            —William Archer
  White as frost on field.
            —William E. Aytoun
  A maid as white as ivory bone.
            —English Ballad
  White as snow-drops.
            —Serbian Ballad
  Purely white as the mountain snow.
            —Welsh Ballad
  White as porcelain.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  White as soap.
            —Richard Harris Barham
  White as the hawthorn’s crown.
            —Mary Barry
  White as a thread by hands of angels spun.
            —Francis Beaumont
  Whiter than mountain snow hath ever been.
            —Francis Beaumont
  White as swanne.
            —Sir Harry Beaumont
  Soul as white as heaven.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  White as innocence herself.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  White as the foaming sea.
            —Park Benjamin
  White as snow.
  White as an angel.
            —William Blake
  White as foam-drift in the moony shimmer of starlit, wave-pavilioned dells.
            —Mathilde Blind
  White as the sun.
            —Emily Brontë
  White as candles against the altar’s gold.
            —Katherine H. Brown
  White as foam thrown upon rocks from the old-spent wave.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  White as gulls.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  White as moonshine.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  White as wax.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  White like a cloud at fall of snow.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  White like a spirit’s hand.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  White with coming buds, like the bright side of a sorrow.
            —Robert Browning
  White as a curd.
            —Robert Browning
  White as the winding-sheet.
            —Robert Buchanan
  White as death.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  White, as if she lived on blanched almonds.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  White as a clout.
            —John Bunyan
  As white’s a daisy.
            —Robert Burns
  White as the thoughts of an angel.
            —Mary Frances Butts
  White as a white sail on a dusky sea.
            —Lord Byron
  White as fleece.
            —Alice Cary
  White as a cloth.
            —Bliss Carman
  White as the chaulkie clyffes of Brittaines isle.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Whyte hys rade [neck] as the sommer snowe.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Whit as chalk.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Whyte as floure.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Whit as is a lylie flour.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Whyte as lylye or rose in rys [twig].
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  White as snowe falle newe.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
                White of hewe,
As snowe on braunche snawed newe.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  White was his berd as is the dayesie.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Whit was as the flour delys (Flower-de-luce).
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  White as a flock of egrets.
  Gleaming white, like peach and plum blossoms.
  Dressed in white—all white, like a bride or a bandaged thumb.
            —Irvin S. Cobb
  White as new-plucked cotton.
            —Frederick S. Cozzens
  White as an infant’s spirit.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  White as ashes.
            —Charles Dickens
  Hands … white, as if the blood began to chill there.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  As white as teeth of twenty-five years old.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  A sail as white as blossom upon spray.
            —William Dunbar
  The beautiful young lady, all in white, like a lily in the night, or the moon sweeping over a cloudless sky.
            —Joseph von Eichendorff
  White as the canna upon the moor.
            —Ancient Erse
  White as snow-wreath in the eye of spring.
            —Frederick William Faber
  White as molten glass.
            —Phineas Fletcher
As white as hedgeside May.
            —Norman Gale
  White and awful as a shroud-enfolded ghost.
            —Richard Garnett
  His beard was whiter than the feathers which veil the breast of the penguin.
            —Oliver Goldsmith
                Pure and white,
As some shy spirit in a haunted place.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  White as the lips of passion.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  As white as bear’s teeth.
            —Thomas Heywood
  As white as the pale ashes of a wasted coal.
            —Josiah Gilbert Holland
  White as sea-bleached shells.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  White as the sea-gull.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  White as Irish linen.
            —Thomas Hood
  White as parading breeches.
            —Thomas Hood
  White as a chicken.
            —Victor Hugo
  White as the gowan [daisy].
            —John Imlah
Like ships in heaven full-sailed.
            —Jean Ingelow
  White as the snowy rose of Guelderland.
            —Jean Ingelow
  White as flocks new-shorn.
            —John Keats
  Whiter than a star.
            —John Keats
  White as the moon.
            —Omar Khayyám
  White as the wonder undefiled of Eve just wakened in Paradise.
            —Harriet McEwen Kimball
  White as an embodied hush.
            —Harriet McEwen Kimball
  Thin-flanked woman, as white and as stale as a bone.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  White as an angel clad in light.
            —James Sheridan Knowles
  White, like the apparition of a dead rainbow.
            —Charles Lamb
  White as maiden purity.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Like a gravestone seen in the pale moonlight.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  White as Ketak’s snow flower.
            —Lays of Ancient India
  White as a nun.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  White as ivory.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  White as the face of the dead.
            —Camille Lemonnier
  Whiter than the downy spray.
            —John Leyden
  White as a live terror.
            —George Cabot Lodge
  White as a cloud that floats and fades in the air.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  White as a schoolboy’s paper kite.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  White as seas’ fog.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  White as the gleam of a receding sail.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  White as a dove.
            —Samuel Lover
  White as thistle-down.
            —James Russell Lowell
  White as alabaster.
            —John Lyly
  White as driven snow.
            —John Lyly
  White as untrod snow.
            —Lewis Machin
  White as the foam of streams.
            —James Macpherson
White as the whitest foam of the sea
That tosses its waves under fervent skies,
Or a feather dropped from an angel’s wing
As it leant o’er the walls of Paradise.
            —A. W. Marshall
  White and pure as any bridal veil.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  Sightless white, like eyes of lifeless stone.
            —William J. Mickle
  White as the bloom o’ the pear.
            —William Miller
  White as a sinner’s shroud.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  White as virgin’s pall.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Lilly-white as a lady’s marrying smock.
            —Thomas Nash
                Venerable beard
White, hoary like the foam o’ the sea.
            —Enrico Nencioni
Like girls for a first communion dight.
            —Roden Noel
  White … like angels in their ascension clothes, waiting for those who prayed below.
            —Fitz-James O’Brien
  White as a winter home.
            —John Payne
White as is the new blown bell
Of that frail flower that loves the wind.
            —John Payne
  As white … as clay.
            —Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  White as the waxen petal of the flowers.
            —Helen. C. Prince
        White like a young flock,
Coeval, newly shorn, from the clear brook recent, and branching on the sunny rock.
            —Matthew Prior
  White as swans.
            —François Rabelais
  White as fear.
            —Opie Read
  White as the living cheek opposed.
            —Charles Reade
  White as grit.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  White as the cream-crested wave.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  White as the gleam of her beckoning hand.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  White a hand as lilies in the sunlight.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  White as the moon lies in the lap of night.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  White like flame.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Whiter than sawn ivory.
            —John Ruskin
  Wings as white as a dream of snow in love and light.
            —A. J. Ryan
  White as Dinlay’s spotless snoe.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  White as a lily.
            —William Shakespeare
  Soft as dove’s down and as white.
            —William Shakespeare
  White his shroud as the mountain snow.
            —William Shakespeare
  Teeth as white as whale’s bone.
            —William Shakespeare
                Perfect white
Show’d like an April daisy on the grass.
            —William Shakespeare
        White as the foam o’ the sea
That is driven o’er billows of azure agleam with sun-yellow.
            —William Sharp
  White as isinglass.
            —George Bernard Shaw
  Whitens like steel in a furnace.
            —George Bernard Shaw
White with the whiteness of what is dead,
Like troops of ghosts on the dry wind past.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  White as a swan’s stray feather.
            —Harry B. Smith
  White … like the flying cloud at noon.
            —Robert Southey
  White as the swan’s breast.
            —Robert Southey
  White, withouten spot or pride, that seemed like silke and silver woven neare.
            —Edmund Spenser
  White … like a dazie in a field of grass.
            —Sir John Suckling
  White as a custard.
            —Jonathan Swift
  White as dead stark-stricken dove.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  White as faith’s and age’s hue.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  White as moonlight snows.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  White as the live heart of light.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  White as the sparkle of snow-flowers in the sun.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  White as the unfruitful thorn-flower.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  White as mountain cotton-grass.
            —Irish Epic Tales
  White as any flower.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  White as privet.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  White as utter truth.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  White as the light.
            —New Testament
  It was like coriander seed, white.
            —Old Testament
  Whiter than milk.
            —Old Testament
  White as a ceiling.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  I turned as white as cold boil’d veal.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  White, and ghastly, like an army of tombstones by moonlight.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  Like the mists of spring, all silvery white.
            —The Hagoromo
  More white than curds.
  Slight and white as a peeled wand.
            —Vance Thompson
  White as sculptured stone.
            —Francis C. F. Tiernan
  White as the down of an angel’s wings.
            —John T. Trowbridge
  White, like the Shah of Persia’s diamond plume.
            —Mark Twain
  White as Carrara marble.
            —Theodore Watts-Dunton
  White as evening clouds.
            —Charles J. Wells
  White as the wings of prayer.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
                Stainless white,
Like ivory bathed in still moonlight.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Whiter than a moony pearl.
            —Oscar Wilde
  White as a charnel bone.
            —N. P. Willis
  White as flashing icicle.
            —N. P. Willis
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