Definition of bistre in English:

bistre

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪstə
 
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(US also bister)

noun

[mass noun]
1A brownish-yellow pigment made from the soot of burnt wood.
More example sentences
  • It is a drawing in bister and reed pen on paper with no watermark.
  • De los Reyes has created new bister on paper works, stainless steel sculptures and exquisite monochromatic paintings in this exciting follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2005 exhibition.
  • The color of bistre varies with the wood from which the soot was derived, but in general it has a warm, transparent brown tone.
1.1A brownish-yellow colour.
More example sentences
  • Conté sticks and pencils are available in a wide range of colours including the traditional black, white, sepia, bistre and sanguine.
  • The colors on French colonial stamps are often brilliant and in unusual combinations: fuchsia and turquoise, blue and orange, purple and bistre.
  • By little and little, the surface of the plate takes a yellow tint, which darkens more and more, approaching to bistre.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, of unknown origin.

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