dye·​stuff ˈdī-ˌstəf How to pronounce dyestuff (audio)

Examples of dyestuff in a Sentence

indigo is a dyestuff originally from India
Recent Examples on the Web The common name of the dyestuff, Tyrian purple, derives from the habitat of the mollusks, which the Phoenicians purportedly began harvesting in the 16th century B.C. in the city-state of Tyre in present-day Lebanon. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 For most of history, dyestuffs were derived only from natural materials like plants, minerals and invertebrates, offering people a narrow range of colors from which to choose. Bruce Falconer, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2018 By the close of the 19th century, German dyestuffs dominated the world market, though the first effects of acute exposures were already evident among the earliest generations of dye workers. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dyestuff was in 1685

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“Dyestuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dyestuff. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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