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[kuhl-er-uh nt] /ˈkʌl ər ənt/
something used as a coloring matter; pigment; dye.
Origin of colorant
1880-85; < French, present participle of colorer < Latin colōrāre to color. See color, -ant Unabridged
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  • The colorant must have preferential affinity for cyanoacrylate.
  • The colorant must also have a similar thermal parameter to the cyanoacrylate.
  • Radish antho cyanin extract as a natural red colorant for maraschino cherries.
  • The product is known to be used for industrial colorant for concrete.
  • The active colorant substance is principally hematein.
  • Neodymium salts are also used as a colorant for enamels.
  • As part of the proposed action, monitoring of application may be done by adding colorant to the tank mix.
British Dictionary definitions for colorant


any substance that imparts colour, such as a pigment, dye, or ink; colouring matter
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