colorant

noun col·or·ant \ ˈkə-lə-rənt , -lər-ənt \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of colorant

: a substance used for coloring a material : dye, pigment

Examples of colorant in a Sentence

  1. in ancient times, a mollusk was used to produce a rich purple colorant for clothing and linens

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tint, toner;

cast, hue, shade, tinge;


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