[ dahy-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh- ]

  1. Also dichroic. having or showing two colors; dichromic.

  2. Zoology. exhibiting two color phases within a species not due to age or season.

Origin of dichromatic

First recorded in 1840–50; di-1 + chromatic

Words Nearby dichromatic

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How to use dichromatic in a sentence

  • The former is what is called a dichromatic species; some of the birds are blue, and others white.

    A Florida Sketch-Book | Bradford Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for dichromatic


/ (ˌdaɪkrəʊˈmætɪk) /

  1. Also: dichroic having or consisting of only two colours

  2. (of animal species) having two different colour varieties that are independent of sex and age

  1. able to perceive only two (instead of three) primary colours and the mixes of these colours

Derived forms of dichromatic

  • dichromatism (daɪˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm), noun

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