- a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood, often used in pen and wash drawings.
- a yellowish to dark-brown color.
Origin of bistre
1720–30; < French, Middle French, of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for bister
She looked white and spent; there were bister circles round her eyes.The Lock And Key Library
It was apparently Greek, yet it was not the language his lordship of Bister had learnt at school and college.
At that very moment the Bishop of Bister's crozier lay on the table of a London mansion.
The ears seem not to be connected across the forehead; the color is near (l) Bister above and slightly lighter on the underparts.An Annotated Check List of the Mammals of Michoacn, Mxico
Bernardo Villa R.
Occasionally there are a few spots or scrawls of "bister" or "clove brown" about the larger end.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)
Arthur Cleveland Bent
- a transparent water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling the soot of wood, used for pen and wash drawings
- a yellowish-brown to dark brown colour
- (as modifier)bistre paint
C18: from French, of unknown origin
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