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  1. a fine black pigment consisting of almost pure carbon collected as soot from the smoke of burning oil, gas, etc.
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Origin of lampblack

First recorded in 1590–1600; lamp + black
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Examples from the Web for lampblack

Historical Examples

  • His conclusion was that it was impossible to get the air out of the lampblack.

    Historic Inventions

    Rupert S. Holland

  • The soap is about one fifth and the lampblack about one twentieth part of the whole.

  • Lampblack is not the only substance available for giving color to the ink.

  • Then the lampblack is added and the rest of the process is as before.

  • He took what looked like a box of lampblack from his pocket and applied it to my face.

British Dictionary definitions for lampblack


  1. 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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