Pigment Definition

pĭgmənt
pigments
noun
pigments
A substance used as coloring.
American Heritage Medicine
Coloring matter, usually in the form of an insoluble powder, mixed with oil, water, etc. to make paints.
Webster's New World
Any coloring matter in the cells and tissues of plants or animals.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Antonyms:
colorlessness
verb
To color with pigment.
American Heritage
To take on or cause to take on pigment; color or become colored.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Pigment

Noun

Singular:
pigment
Plural:
pigments

Origin of Pigment

  • From Latin pigmentum (“pigment"), itself from pingō (“I paint") + -mentum; variants of this word may have been known in Old English (e.g. 12th century pyhmentum).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English spice, red dye from Latin pigmentum from pingere to paint peig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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