- a dye soluble in acid and insoluble in basic solution, consisting mostly of amino or imino compounds of xanthene or triarylmethane: used mainly for inks, carbon paper, and typewriter ribbon.
Origin of basic dye
First recorded in 1890–95
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- Any of various usually synthetic dyes that produce brilliant colors, react as bases, and are usually used as stains.basic stain
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