colorant

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noun col·or·ant \ ˈkə-lə-rənt , -lər-ənt \

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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First Known Use of colorant

1800

colorant Synonyms

Synonyms
color, pigment, coloring, dye, dyestuff, stain
Related Words
tint, toner; cast, hue, shade, tinge

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