a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood, often used in pen and wash drawings.
a yellowish to dark-brown color.
- bistred, adjective
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How to use bistre in a sentence
Land was left on the starboard at a distance of about fifteen miles; the mountains seemed tinged with a red-coloured bistre.The English at the North Pole | Jules Verne
A plate painted in bistre camaïeu with the Discovery of Calisto by Diana.The Collector's Handbook to Keramics of the Renaissance and Modern Periods | William Chaffers
His eldest son was named after me, "Robert bistre," for such is my name, which I have often thought of changing.George Bowring - A Tale Of Cader Idris | R. D. Blackmore
One hundred copies printed upon Japan paper, with illustrations in two states, blue and bistre.
No. 76 of eighty copies printed on Japanese vellum, with frontispiece in two colours, black and bistre.
British Dictionary definitions for bistre
a transparent water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling the soot of wood, used for pen and wash drawings
a yellowish-brown to dark brown colour
(as modifier): bistre paint
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