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colourant

Line breaks: col¦our|ant
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌlər(ə)nt
 
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(US colorant)

Definition of colourant in English:

noun

A dye, pigment, or other substance that colours something: a range of natural hair colourants [mass noun]: the amount of colourant that must be applied
More example sentences
  • Within a few years, a variety of these potentially safer organic dyes began to replace mineral pigments as food colorants.
  • Lobsters and crabs, as well as some mollusks, worms, and fish species (salmon and trout, for example), use carotenoid colorants.
  • Most tattoo colorants are industrial pigments, and chemical industries have never produced them for human use but only to stain consumer goods.

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