tem·​pera | \ˈtem-pə-rə \

Definition of tempera 

1 : a process of painting in which an albuminous or colloidal medium (such as egg yolk) is employed as a vehicle instead of oil also : a painting done in tempera

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The penguins dip their feet into the washable tempera paint and run amock over the canvases, adding their personal, creative touches. Kelsey Grey, idahostatesman, "Zoo Boise's penguins feature their artistic talents," 19 June 2018 Parents can turn prevention into a fun family project by taking a chalk pen or tempera paints and drawing on windows. Christina Tkacik, Howard County Times, "As Howard County glass buildings kill birds, local groups aim to save avian lives," 3 May 2018 Someone had crudely daubed the keys with red and yellow tempera paint. John Kelly, Washington Post, "It doesn’t seem fair that when I’m not at work, I dream about ... work," 2 July 2017

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First Known Use of tempera

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tempera

Italian, literally, temper, from temperare to temper, from Latin

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The first known use of tempera was in 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of tempera

: a kind of paint in which the color is mixed with water and usually egg

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