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whiteness

[ hwahyt-nis, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt nɪs, ˈwaɪt- /
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noun

the quality or state of being white.
a white substance.

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Origin of whiteness

before 1000; Middle English whitenes,Old English hwītnes.See white, -ness
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