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 This limited color perception is called dichromatic vision, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 When Eilish became a public figure a few years ago, her fashion sensibility was unmistakable: spiky chains; dichromatic green-black hair, oversized hoodies, homages to punk, goth and skateboarding styles. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 30 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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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“Dichromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichromatic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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