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[kroh-moh] /ˈkroʊ moʊ/
noun, plural chromos.
Origin of chromo
by shortening; cf. -o


variant of chrom- before a consonant:
chromophore. Unabridged
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  • A great historian may see nothing to choose, in the way of beauty, between a fine etching and a chromo.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • These two awful inventions are to music what the chromo is to painting.

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
  • A chromo, "Fast Asleep," framed in heavy black walnut, hung close to the ceiling.

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • He can't be turned out by machinery like a chromo or a lithograph.

    The Widow Helen Rowland
  • The chromo portraits of the Pontiff had simply forced him out of business.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • Im going to give the residents of the valley a chromo each for the manner in which we have been entertained by them!

  • There were a lot of mushroom millionaires who couldn't tell a chromo from a Gérôme.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • There was long and thoughtful discussion of this point; and we finally decided to send him a chromo.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I could not appear anywhere on the street without some rural stranger stopping me to shake hands and purchase a chromo.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • I had larkspur last year—you remember—and it looked like a chromo in a railroad folder.

British Dictionary definitions for chromo


noun (pl) -mos
short for chromolithograph


combining form
indicating colour, coloured, or pigment: chromogen
indicating chromium: chromyl
Word Origin
from Greek khrōma colour
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chromo in Medicine

chromo- or chrom-
Color: chromogenesis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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