Definition of colophony in English:



  • another term for rosin
    • ‘The Defendants deny that they could reasonably have anticipated that the Claimant would have suffered any injury as a result of her minimal exposure to colophony fumes.’
    • ‘Shoe dermatitis may be a result of contact allergy to chromates used in the tanning of leather, rubber found in the soles or lining, or, less commonly, colophony, a pine resin widely used in the adhesives used in the manufacture of shoes.’
    • ‘There followed a rapid succession of clinical studies dealing with occupational asthma induced by a variety of chemicals including colophony and acid anhydrides.’


Middle English: from Latin colophonia (resina) (resin) from Colophon a town in Lydia, Asia Minor.