bister

[ bis-ter ]
/ ˈbɪs tər /

noun


Nearby words

  1. bisso,
  2. bissonata,
  3. bist,
  4. bistable,
  5. bistate,
  6. bisto,
  7. bistort,
  8. bistoury,
  9. bistre,
  10. bistro

Related formsbis·tered, adjective

bistre

or bis·ter

[ bis-ter ]
/ ˈbɪs tər /

noun

a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood, often used in pen and wash drawings.
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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British Dictionary definitions for bister

bistre

US bister

/ (ˈbɪstə) /

noun

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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