di·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌdī-krō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce dichromatic (audio) \

Definition of dichromatic

1 : having or exhibiting two colors
2 : of, relating to, or exhibiting dichromatism

Examples of dichromatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mammals evolved as nocturnal beings that did not need to see the rich hues of the daylight world, so most—like your pet dog and cat—are dichromatic, and have only blue and green cones. Virginia Morell, National Geographic, "Hummingbirds see colors we can’t even imagine," 15 June 2020 Most mammals, though—think Fido the dog and Shadow the cat—are dichromatic and have blue and green-sensing cones in their eyes. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Software Shows You Exactly How Different Animals View the World," 6 Dec. 2019 But the role of color in frog courtship is all the more intriguing in the case of dichromatic specimens. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Love," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dichromatic

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dichromatic

di- + chromatic entry 1

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The first known use of dichromatic was circa 1847

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27 Jun 2020

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“Dichromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichromatic. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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di·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌdī-krō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce dichromatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dichromatic

1 : having or exhibiting two colors
2 : of, relating to, or exhibiting dichromatism

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