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discolour Line breaks: dis|col¦our
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkʌlə/
(US discolor)

Definition of discolour in English:


Change or cause to change to a different, less attractive colour: [no object]: do not over-knead the dough or it will discolour [with object]: too much aluminium can discolour water
More example sentences
  • This dentine is darker than enamel, so teeth appear stained and discoloured.
  • As a nation of tea and coffee drinkers, our teeth take a battering and frequently end up stained or discoloured.
  • Aged vinegar acquires an increasingly brown colour as enzymes discolour compounds from the original fruit.
stain, mark, soil, dirty, make dirty, streak, smear, spot, tarnish, sully, spoil, mar, disfigure, blemish;
blacken, char;
fade, bleach, wash out;
rust, weather
stained, marked, spotted, dirty, soiled, tarnished, blackened;
rusted, rusty, oxidized, weathered


Late Middle English: from Old French descolorer or medieval Latin discolorare, from des-, dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin colorare 'to colour'.

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