Simple Definition of pigment
: a natural substance that gives color to animals and plants
: a substance that gives color to something else
Full Definition of pigment
1 : a substance that imparts black or white or a color to other materials; especially : a powdered substance that is mixed with a liquid in which it is relatively insoluble and used especially to impart color to coating materials (as paints) or to inks, plastics, and rubber
2 : a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue; also : any of various related colorless substances
pigmentaryplay \-mən-ˌter-ē\ adjective
Examples of pigment in a sentence
Chlorophyll is a group of green pigments.
Melanin is a pigment that gives color to skin and fur.
Albinos lack normal skin pigment.
Pigments are used to give color to paint, ink, and plastic.
Red pigment is mixed into the ink.
Origin and Etymology of pigment
Middle English, spice, dye, from Latin pigmentum coloring substance, from pingere to paint — more at paint
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of pigment
: to color with or as if with pigment
First Known Use of pigment
PIGMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of pigment for Students
1 : a substance that gives color to other materials <Red pigment is mixed into the ink.>
2 : natural coloring matter in animals and plants
Medical Definition of pigment
: a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue; also : any of various related colorless substances
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