allochroous

adjective al·loch·ro·ous \əˈläkrəwəs, aˈ-\

Definition of allochroous

  1. :  changing color

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Origin and Etymology of allochroous

Greek allochroos changed in color, from all- + chroa, chroia color, skin; akin to Greek chrōs skin — more at grit


First Known Use: circa 1846


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