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[kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n]
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  1. appearance with regard to color arrangement or use of colors; coloring: the bold coloration of some birds.
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Origin of coloration

First recorded in 1605–15; color + -ation
Related formscol·o·ra·tion·al, adjectivecol·o·ra·tion·al·ly, adverbde·col·or·a·tion, nouno·ver·col·or·a·tion, nounpre·col·or·a·tion, nounre·col·or·a·tion, nountrans·col·or·a·tion, noun
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Related Words for coloration

hue, tint, tone, coloration, complexion, tinge, glow, blend, shade, intensity, stain, paint, texture, coloring, skin, tincture, cast, pigment, wash, dye

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British Dictionary definitions for coloration



  1. arrangement of colour and tones; colouring
  2. the colouring or markings of insects, birds, etcSee also apatetic, aposematic, cryptic
  3. unwanted extraneous variations in the frequency response of a loudspeaker or listening environment
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Word Origin and History for coloration


1620s, from French coloration (16c.), from Late Latin colorationem (nominative coloratio) "act or fact of coloring," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin colorare "to color, to get tanned," from color (see color (n.)).

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