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Related formsbis·tered, adjective


or bis·ter

  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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US bister

  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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