coloration

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noun col·or·a·tion \ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of coloration

  1. 1a :  the state of having color the dark coloration of his skinb :  use or choice of colors (as by an artist)c :  arrangement of colors the coloration of a butterfly's wing

  2. 2a :  characteristic quality the newspapers … took on the former coloration of the magazine — L. B. Seltzerb :  aspect suggesting an attitude the chameleon talent for taking on the intellectual coloration of whatever idea he happened to fasten onto — Budd Schulberg

  3. 3 :  subtle variation of intensity or quality of tone a wide range of coloration from the orchestra

Examples of coloration in a Sentence

  1. the coloration of a flower

  2. the bright yellow coloration of the curtains

  3. wine glasses with circle designs and blue and green colorations

  4. He attempted to give a religious coloration to the war.

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First Known Use of coloration

1626

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COLORATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of coloration for English Language Learners

  • biology : the color or patterns of color on an animal or plant

  • : the colors of an object (such as a piece of artwork or furniture)

  • : a quality or characteristic


COLORATION Defined for Kids

coloration

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noun col·or·ation \ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of coloration for Students

  1. :  use or arrangement of colors or shades :  coloring The monarch butterfly is well-known for its orange and black coloration.



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