Vegetable black

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An unstandardized name that has been used for vine black and charcoal black. Vegetable blacks, in general, were made by collecting the soot from burned vegetable oils or or the charred residue from plant materials (nut shells,, fruit pits, wood, vines, etc.). They have a larger particle size than carbon black and thus poorer tinting strength.

See also lampblack.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vine black; negro vegetal (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 609
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993

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