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[dis-kuhl-er] /dɪsˈkʌl ər/
verb (used with object)
to change or spoil the color of; fade or stain.
verb (used without object)
to change color; become faded or stained.
Origin of discolor
1350-1400; Middle English discolouren < Old French descolorer < Late Latin discolorārī to change color, derivative of Latin discolor of another color. See dis-1, color
Related forms
undiscolored, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here and there a ball still sticks in a wall, and from it iron tears trickle down and discolor the stone.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Should superstition be allowed to discolor the powerful waters or my activities?'

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Or, if you think much of your breakfast napkins, peel and cut just before serving, as they discolor quickly.

  • I have let it discolor my married life and all the sunshine.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • Under such conditions the negative plates will begin to discolor brown and the positive turn gray.

  • A knife blade that is not bright and clean will discolor the product on which it is used.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • Another reason is, that the acids employed in some puddings corrode and discolor tin.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • They should have no decayed places that might taint or discolor the soups, and they should be as crisp and solid as possible.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • When cauliflower is cooked for salad, care must be taken not to cook it so long as to discolor it or cause it to fall to pieces.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Peel apples, cut into halves and then into thick slices, and rub them with lemon so they will not discolor.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Word Origin and History for discolor

late 14c., from Old French descolorer, from des- (see dis-) + colorer "to color," from Latin colorare (see coloration). Related: Discolored; discoloring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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