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discoloration

[dis-kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n] /dɪsˌkʌl əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or fact of discoloring or the state of being discolored.
2.
a discolored marking or area; stain.
Also called discolorment.
Origin of discoloration
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; discolor + -ation
Related forms
self-discoloration, noun
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Examples from the Web for discoloration
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  • This discoloration was of a livid blue, about the tint of a tattoo mark.

  • Inside the ship, the Nipe neither knew nor cared about the discoloration.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • This removed from white fabrics every vestige of discoloration or stain.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • As I watched I observed that the discoloration was beginning to fade.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • It was hardly more than a discoloration, and suggested nothing of consequence.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • Allow me to look closely at that discoloration once more for a moment.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • From its discoloration this ivory should be at least five hundred years old.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • Sometimes a discoloration is observable in iron kettles or other iron vessels.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
Word Origin and History for discoloration
n.

1640s, noun of action from discolorate (early 15c.), from past participle stem of Medieval Latin discolorare (see discolor) + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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