One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A type or category in respect of colour.
2Printing. In form colourtype. A process for printing colour pictures by the use of three plates or blocks, one for each primary colour; a picture printed by this process. Now historical.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. From colour + type.
colour type/ˈkʌlə tʌɪp/
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