de coloration


appearance with regard to color arrangement or use of colors; coloring: the bold coloration of some birds.

1605–15; color + -ation

colorational, adjective
colorationally, adverb
decoloration, noun
overcoloration, noun
precoloration, noun
recoloration, noun
transcoloration, noun Unabridged


verb (used with object)
to remove the color from; deprive of color; bleach.
Also, especially British, decolour.

1400–50; late Middle English decolouren < Latin dēcolōrāre, equivalent to dē- de- + colōrāre to color

decoloration, noun Unabridged
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coloration or colouration (ˌkʌləˈreɪʃən)
1.  arrangement of colour and tones; colouring
2.  apatetic aposematic See also cryptic the colouring or markings of insects, birds, etc
3.  unwanted extraneous variations in the frequency response of a loudspeaker or listening environment
colouration or colouration

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Word Origin & History

early 17c., from Fr. coloration (16c.), from L. *colorationem, noun of action from colorare "to color," from color (see color).
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