A synthetic dye, especially one made from aniline.
- The natural plant colors were replaced by chemical aniline dyes imported from Germany.
- The aniline dyes developed in Europe in the mid-nineteenth century quickly caught on in China, where they were cheaper than Chinese natural dyes and came in a greater variety of colors.
- Other authors have suggested that consumers became disillusioned with the poor fastness properties of aniline dyes.
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