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[three-kuhl-er] /ˈθriˌkʌl ər/
having or characterized by the use of three colors.
noting or pertaining to a photomechanical process for making reproductions of paintings, artwork, etc., usually by making three printing plates, each corresponding to a primary color, by the halftone process, and printing superimposed impressions from these plates in three correspondingly colored inks.
Origin of three-color
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The results, in all cases, are produced from three-color negatives.

    Photogravure Henry R. Blaney
  • The three-color stripes in the 16- lot were similarly difficult to match with the samples in the Dictionary.

    Chincha Plain-weave cloths Lila M. O'Neale
  • The three-color process aims to reproduce all colors in three printings, by using inks of red, yellow, and blue.

  • Chrome-Gelatine is a perfected modification of the three-color printing process.

    Photogravure Henry R. Blaney

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