from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A substance used as coloring.
  • n. Dry coloring matter, usually an insoluble powder, to be mixed with water, oil, or another base to produce paint and similar products.
  • n. A substance, such as chlorophyll or melanin, that produces a characteristic color in plant or animal tissue.
  • transitive v. To color with pigment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any color in plant or animal cells
  • n. A dry colorant, usually an insoluble powder
  • n. Wine flavoured with spices and honey.
  • v. To add color or pigment to something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any material from which a dye, a paint, or the like, may be prepared; particularly, the refined and purified coloring matter ready for mixing with an appropriate vehicle.
  • n. Any one of the colored substances found in animal and vegetable tissues and fluids, as bilirubin, urobilin, chlorophyll, etc.
  • n. Wine flavored with species and honey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any substance that is or can be used by painters to impart color to bodies; technically, a dry substance, usually in the form of a powder or in lumps so lightly held together as to be easily pulverized, which after it has been mixed with a liquid medium can be applied by painters to surfaces to be colored.
  • n. In biology, organic coloring matter; any organized substance whose presence in the tissues of animals and plants colors them.
  • n. Highly spiced wine sweetened with honey; piment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
  • n. any substance whose presence in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color
  • v. color or dye with a pigment
  • n. a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating
  • v. acquire pigment; become colored or imbued


Middle English, spice, red dye, from Latin pigmentum, from pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pigmentum ("pigment"), itself from pingō ("I paint") + -mentum; variants of this word may have been known in Old English (e.g. 12th century pyhmentum). (Wiktionary)



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  • Beautiful play, 'ros.

    April 24, 2010

  • When you dream in color it's a pigment of your imagination. :P

    April 23, 2010