- 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
Examples from the Web for bistre
Historical Examples of bistre
Why, my boys rub blue and bistre till their faces run of a stream.Pencil Sketches
Reddish-brown, marone, bistre with a golden light in it, suited her to perfection.The Commission in Lunacy
Honore de Balzac
Her eyes were hideous to him in their great rings of paint and bistre.The Divine Fire
They are drawn with Indian ink, and the two first touched with bistre and heightened with white.Pintoricchio
Evelyn March Phillipps
Of the living, four are full-grown men; three of them white, the fourth of an umber-brown, or bistre colour.The Castaways
Captain Mayne Reid
- 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