bister

[bis-ter]
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Related formsbis·tered, adjective

bistre

or bis·ter

[bis-ter]
noun
  1. a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood, often used in pen and wash drawings.
  2. a yellowish to dark-brown color.

Origin of bistre

1720–30; < French, Middle French, of obscure origin
Related formsbis·tred, adjective
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bistre

US bister

noun
  1. a transparent water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling the soot of wood, used for pen and wash drawings
    1. a yellowish-brown to dark brown colour
    2. (as modifier)bistre paint

Word Origin for bistre

C18: from French, of unknown origin
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