One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a colour, coloured. Also figurative. Now chiefly Biology.
with object To colour.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From classical Latin colōrātus coloured, use as adjective of past participle of colōrāre colour<br>late 16th century. From classical Latin colōrāt-, past participial stem of colōrāre colour.
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