co·​lo·​pho·​ny | \ kə-ˈlä-fə-nē How to pronounce colophony (audio) , ˈkä-lə-ˌfō- How to pronounce colophony (audio) \
plural colophonies

Definition of colophony

: rosin

Examples of colophony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chains look metallic but are made of polyurethane colophony (rosin) and iron powder, and the threads are silk — spun by silkworms that the artist guided to do his bidding. Scarlet Cheng, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of colophony

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colophony

Middle English colophonie, ultimately from Greek Kolophōn Colophon, an Ionian city

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“Colophony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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co·​lo·​pho·​ny | \ kə-ˈläf-ə-nē How to pronounce colophony (audio) , ˈkäl-ə-ˌfō- How to pronounce colophony (audio) \
plural colophonies

Medical Definition of colophony

: rosin

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