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discolor

[dis-kuhl-er] /dɪsˈkʌl ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to change or spoil the color of; fade or stain.
verb (used without object)
2.
to change color; become faded or stained.
Origin of discolor
1350-1400
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
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  • discolor was formerly in use; but the other has been generally adopted.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The right eye showed a bruise that had already begun to discolor.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • Should superstition be allowed to discolor the powerful waters or my activities?'

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Care is taken not to dip the feet or head in the water as this might discolor these parts.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • I have let it discolor my married life and all the sunshine.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • 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
  • 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
  • As actual decomposition sets in, the skin begins to discolor.

    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
  • When cake dough is stirred in an aluminum dish, the sides usually become darkened and are liable to discolor the mixture.

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

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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