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tempera

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noun tem·pera \ˈtem-pə-rə\

Simple Definition of tempera

  • : a kind of paint in which the color is mixed with water and usually egg

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tempera

  1. 1 :  a process of painting in which an albuminous or colloidal medium (as egg yolk) is employed as a vehicle instead of oil; also :  a painting done in tempera

  2. 2 :  poster color

Origin and Etymology of tempera

Italian, literally, temper, from temperare to temper, from Latin


First Known Use: 1832


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