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[tingk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
  1. pertaining to coloring or dyeing.
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Origin of tinctorial

1645–55; < Latin tīnctōri(us) of or related to dipping, dyeing (see tinct, -tory1) + -al1
Related formstinc·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of tinctorial

  • One pound of dry alizarin has the tinctorial power of 90 pounds of madder.


    Raphael Meldola

  • Bichromate of potash is a most powerful oxidizing agent, and produces very complex and interesting changes in tinctorial bodies.

  • A solution of bichloride of mercury disguised by the addition of a little flavouring and tinctorial matter.

  • The coloured pommades derive their respective tints from tinctorial matter added to the melted fat before perfuming it.

  • Cochineal and lac-dye have now nearly superseded the use of kermes as a tinctorial substance, in England.

British Dictionary definitions for tinctorial


  1. of or relating to colouring, staining, or dyeing
  2. imbuing with colour
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Derived Formstinctorially, adverb

Word Origin for tinctorial

C17: from Latin tinctōrius, from tingere to tinge
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tinctorial in Medicine


  1. Relating to coloring or staining.
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