Origin of colophony
1300–50; Middle English colofonie (< Anglo-French) < Latin Colophōnia (rēsina) (resin) of Colophon < Greek Kolophōnía, feminine of Kolophṓnios, equivalent to Kolophṓn Colophon + -ios adj. suffix; see -y3
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It is valuable because tar, pitch, rosin, and colophony are obtained by distilling it.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
Colophony, kol-of′o-ni, n. the dark-coloured resin got from the distillation of turpentine with water.
The portion of common resin or colophony which is soluble in cold alcohol of sp.
The portion of common resin or colophony which is the least soluble in cold and somewhat dilute alcohol.
Colophony, 462 has been placed in correct alphabetical order in the index.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.
Pierre Joseph Macquer
- another name for rosin (def. 1)
C14: from Latin Colophōnia rēsina resin from Colophon
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