One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substance that yields a dye or that can be used as a dye, especially when in solution.
colourant, colouring agent, colouring, colour, pigment, tint, stain, washView synonyms
- ‘Germany had a virtual monopoly of the production of artificial dyestuffs, in which the record of the Badische Anilin and Soda Fabrik at Ludwigshafen was outstanding.’
- ‘Whereas the alizarin molecules made synthetically were identical to those extracted from madder root, the actual synthetic dyestuff was different from the natural dye.’
- ‘If the term high-tech had been in use around 1860, it would certainly have applied to the industrial manufacture of synthetic dyestuffs.’
- ‘Crimson comes ultimately from the name of a small insect from which a red dyestuff is obtained.’
- ‘Loosening makes the tanning agents, fats, dyestuffs and other substances, penetrate easily into the hide.’
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