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bistre

or bister

[bis-ter] /ˈbɪs tər/
noun
1.
a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood, often used in pen and wash drawings.
2.
a yellowish to dark-brown color.
Origin of bistre
1720-1730
1720-30; < French, Middle French, of obscure origin
Related forms
bistred, adjective
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bistre

/ˈbɪstə/
noun
1.
a transparent water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling the soot of wood, used for pen and wash drawings
2.
  1. a yellowish-brown to dark brown colour
  2. (as modifier): bistre paint
Word Origin
C18: from French, of unknown origin
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