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Any compound, such as a Dye or Pigment, that gives color to another material. Colorants may occur naturally in a material (colors in flowers), may be added as part of a mixture (pigments in paint) or may be applied to the surface (dyes on a fiber).

Synonyms and Related Terms

colorants (pl.); colourant (Br.); colorant (Fr.); colorante (Esp., It., Port.); coloring matter 

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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