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bister

[bis-ter]
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noun
  1. bistre.
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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.
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Origin of bistre

1720–30; < French, Middle French, of obscure origin
Related formsbis·tred, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bister

Historical Examples

  • She looked white and spent; there were bister circles round her eyes.

    The Lock And Key Library

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  • It was apparently Greek, yet it was not the language his lordship of Bister had learnt at school and college.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • At that very moment the Bishop of Bister's crozier lay on the table of a London mansion.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • The ears seem not to be connected across the forehead; the color is near (l) Bister above and slightly lighter on the underparts.

  • Occasionally there are a few spots or scrawls of "bister" or "clove brown" about the larger end.


British Dictionary definitions for bister

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
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Word Origin

C18: from French, of unknown origin
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