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[kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌkʌl əˈreɪ ʃən/
appearance with regard to color arrangement or use of colors; coloring:
the bold coloration of some birds.
Origin of coloration
1605-15; color + -ation
Related forms
colorational, adjective
colorationally, adverb
decoloration, noun
overcoloration, noun
precoloration, noun
recoloration, noun
transcoloration, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coloration
  • Some frogs secret hallucinogenic chemicals on their skin--particularly the brightly colored frogs with warning coloration.
  • But crosstalk cancellation has always introduced audible spectral coloration.
  • It has been said that the brilliant hues of the coral-snake when in its native haunts really confer on it a concealing coloration.
  • They show up as an intense purple coloration in the hear of the potato.
  • They never lose their gills, tail fins, larval skin coloration and wide heads.
  • The flamingo's bright pink coloration comes from its diet-animals can't synthesize the carotenoids that color these feathers.
  • In the postwar era, the laws restricting margarine's coloration began to lift and it gained in popularity.
  • Even if only one copy is functioning to produce melanin, that is enough in terms of dosage to produce a brown coloration.
  • Not so different from the pinto coloration in horses which is conceded to be a trait implicit in tameness.
  • Higher blood levels of carotenoids translated to brighter coloration in general, according to digital images of the birds.
British Dictionary definitions for coloration


arrangement of colour and tones; colouring
the colouring or markings of insects, birds, etc See also apatetic, aposematic, cryptic
unwanted extraneous variations in the frequency response of a loudspeaker or listening environment
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Word Origin and History for coloration

1620s, from French coloration (16c.), from Late Latin colorationem (nominative coloratio) "act or fact of coloring," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin colorare "to color, to get tanned," from color (see color (n.)).

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