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mordant

[ mawr-dnt ]
/ ˈmɔr dnt /
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adjective
noun
verb (used with object)
to impregnate or treat with a mordant.
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Origin of mordant

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French, present participle of mordre “to bite,” ultimately derived from Latin mordēre; see -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM mordant

mor·dant·ly, adverbun·mor·dant, adjectiveun·mor·dant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for mordant

mordant
/ (ˈmɔːdənt) /

adjective
sarcastic or caustic
having the properties of a mordant
pungent
noun
a substance used before the application of a dye, possessing the ability to fix colours in textiles, leather, etcSee also lake 2 (def. 1)
an acid or other corrosive fluid used to etch lines on a printing plate
verb
(tr) to treat (a fabric, yarn, etc) with a mordant

Derived forms of mordant

mordancy, nounmordantly, adverb

Word Origin for mordant

C15: from Old French: biting, from mordre to bite, from Latin mordēre
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Medical definitions for mordant

mordant
[ môrdnt ]

adj.
Serving to fix colors in dyeing.
n.
A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or other materials.
v.
To treat with a mordant.
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