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[tingk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /tɪŋkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
pertaining to coloring or dyeing.
Origin of tinctorial
1645-55; < Latin tīnctōri(us) of or related to dipping, dyeing (see tinct, -tory1) + -al1
Related forms
tinctorially, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • One pound of dry alizarin has the tinctorial power of 90 pounds of madder.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • Bichromate of potash is a most powerful oxidizing agent, and produces very complex and interesting changes in tinctorial bodies.

  • A solution of bichloride of mercury disguised by the addition of a little flavouring and tinctorial matter.

  • The coloured pommades derive their respective tints from tinctorial matter added to the melted fat before perfuming it.

  • Cochineal and lac-dye have now nearly superseded the use of kermes as a tinctorial substance, in England.

  • The tinctorial value of these plants was known in India and Egypt long before the Christian era.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • The large quantity of madder consumed for tinctorial purposes is indicative of the value of this dye-stuff.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • The tinctorial matter may be distributed either uniformly throughout the stone or in regular zones, or in quite irregular patches.

  • The necessary "tinctorial powder" must be obtained from Mr. Packham or through a dealer.

British Dictionary definitions for tinctorial


of or relating to colouring, staining, or dyeing
imbuing with colour
Derived Forms
tinctorially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tinctōrius, from tingere to tinge
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tinctorial in Medicine

tinctorial tinc·to·ri·al (tĭngk-tôr'ē-əl)
Relating to coloring or staining.

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