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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid 17th century


Relating to dyeing, coloring, or staining properties.

Examples of Tinctorial in a sentence

"The concentrated solution had a strong tinctorial ability."

"Permanent markers' tinctorial capabilities make it difficult to remove from cloth."

About Tinctorial

This word comes from the Latin “tinctorius,” from “tinctor,” meaning “dyer” and from “tingere” meaning “to dye or color.”

Did you Know?

There is research being conducted to see if bacteria could replace chemical dyes with the same tinctorial power. U.K.-based biodesign research studio Faber Futures works with “Streptomyces coelicolor,” a bacteria that produces pigment as it grows. The microbe naturally changes color based on the pH of the medium it grows inside. By tweaking that environment and applying synthetic biology, it could be possible to program the organism to produce a wide array of colors.

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