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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Latin
Origin: pigmentum, from pingere 'to paint'

pigment

noun
     
Related topics: Painting and Drawing, Biology
pig‧ment [uncountable and countable]
AVP a natural substance that makes skin, hair, plants etc a particular colour:
Melanin is the dark brown pigment of the hair, skin and eyes.
The artist Sandy Lee uses natural pigments in her work.

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