colophony

colophony

[kol-uh-foh-nee, kuh-lof-uh-nee]
noun

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English colofonie (< Anglo-French) < Latin Colophōnia (rēsina) (resin) of Colophon < Greek Kolophōnía, feminine of Kolophṓnios, equivalent to Kolophṓn Colophon + -ios adj. suffix; see -y3

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colophony (kɒˈlɒfənɪ)
 
n
another name for rosin
 
[C14: from Latin Colophōnia rēsina resin from Colophon]

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colophony

translucent, brittle, friable resin used for varnish and in manufacturing many products. It becomes sticky when warm and has a faint pinelike odour. Gum rosin consists of the residue obtained upon distillation of the oleoresin (a natural fluid) from pine trees (the volatile component is spirit of turpentine); wood rosin, obtained by solvent extraction of the stumps, is usually of a darker colour

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