Meaning of PIGMENT in English


I. ˈpig-mənt noun

Etymology: Middle English, spice, dye, from Latin pigmentum coloring substance, from pingere to paint — more at paint

Date: 14th century

1. : a substance that imparts black or white or a color to other materials ; especially : a powdered substance that is mixed with a liquid in which it is relatively insoluble and used especially to impart color to coating materials (as paints) or to inks, plastics, and rubber

2. : a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue ; also : any of various related colorless substances

• pig·men·tary -mən-ˌter-ē adjective

II. -ˌment, -mənt transitive verb

Date: 1900

: to color with or as if with pigment

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