bister

noun
bis·ter | \ˈbi-stər \
variants: or bistre

Definition of bister 

1 : a yellowish-brown to dark brown pigment used in art

2 : a grayish to yellowish brown

Other Words from bister

bistered \ˈbi-stərd \ adjective

First Known Use of bister

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bister

French bistre

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