- a fine black pigment consisting of almost pure carbon collected as soot from the smoke of burning oil, gas, etc.
Origin of lampblack
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Examples from the Web for lamp-black
Melt them well together over a slow fire; add a spoonful of turpentine, and lamp-black sufficient to give it a good black colour.
The old scars, never healing, were like blotches of lamp-black.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
It was bone-black, which cannot be told from lamp-black or soot by the uninitiated.The Ambulance Made Two Trips
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
She looked as if she had been dipped in ink and polished off with lamp-black.The Wit of Women
The design may be made on paper and traced or pounced on to the glaze with lamp-black.The Potter's Craft
Charles F. Binns
- a finely divided form of almost pure carbon produced by the incomplete combustion of organic compounds, such as natural gas, used in making carbon electrodes and dynamo brushes and as a pigment
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Word Origin and History for lamp-black
pigment made from pure, fine carbon, originally from the soot produced by burning oil in lamps, 1590s, see lamp.
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