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pigment

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noun pig·ment \ˈpig-mənt\

Definition of pigment

  1. 1 :  a substance that imparts black or white or a color to other materials; especially :  a powdered substance that is mixed with a liquid in which it is relatively insoluble and used especially to impart color to coating materials (as paints) or to inks, plastics, and rubber

  2. 2 :  a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue; also :  any of various related colorless substances

pigmentary

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Examples of pigment in a sentence

  1. Chlorophyll is a group of green pigments.

  2. Melanin is a pigment that gives color to skin and fur.

  3. Albinos lack normal skin pigment.

  4. Pigments are used to give color to paint, ink, and plastic.

  5. Red pigment is mixed into the ink.

Origin and Etymology of pigment

Middle English, spice, dye, from Latin pigmentum coloring substance, from pingere to paint — more at paint


First Known Use: 14th century


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pigment

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verb pig·ment \-ˌment, -mənt\

Definition of pigment

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to color with or as if with pigment

1900

First Known Use of pigment

1900


PIGMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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pigment

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noun pig·ment \ˈpig-mənt\

Definition of pigment for English Language Learners

  • : a natural substance that gives color to animals and plants

  • : a substance that gives color to something else


PIGMENT Defined for Kids

pigment

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noun pig·ment \ˈpig-mənt\

Definition of pigment for Students

  1. 1 :  a substance that gives color to other materials <Red pigment is mixed into the ink.>

  2. 2 :  natural coloring matter in animals and plants


Medical Dictionary

pigment

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noun pig·ment \ˈpig-mənt\

Medical Definition of pigment

  1. :  a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue; also :  any of various related colorless substances



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