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Fine charcoal made by burning animal bones in a closed container, used as a pigment and in the refining of sugar.
- ‘Finely divided bone black is useful as a pigment; bone char, a similar material, is an important source of activated charcoal for use in refining and decolorizing sugar.’
- ‘The presence of bone black has been detected only once in the black marble tiles of Vermeer's ‘Music Lesson’.’
- ‘Gamblin Van Dyke Brown is a warm black, which is completely lightfast, made from bone black and iron oxide.’
- ‘By using different black pigments - oxides, ivory and bone blacks - and by adjusting the ratio of pigment to medium, he achieved a surprising diversity of coloration and effect.’
- ‘Starting on a glass surface with bone black and vine black one should put out quantities of pigment approximately equal to a golf ball in volume for each pigment.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.