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

Examples of colophony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also known as colophony, pine rosin comes from trees, like the name implies. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colophony was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Colophony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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