Meaning of PIGMENT in English

PIGMENT

/pig"meuhnt/ , n.

1. a dry insoluble substance, usually pulverized, which when suspended in a liquid vehicle becomes a paint, ink, etc.

2. a coloring matter or substance.

3. Biol. any substance whose presence in the tissues or cells of animals or plants colors them.

v.t.

4. to color; add pigment to.

v.i.

5. to become pigmented; acquire color; develop pigmentation: a poor quality of paper that doesn't pigment well.

[ 1350-1400; ME pigmentum paint, equiv. to pig- (s. of pingere to PAINT) + -mentum -MENT ]

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