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coloration

[kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌkʌl əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
appearance with regard to color arrangement or use of colors; coloring:
the bold coloration of some birds.
Origin of coloration
1605-1615
1605-15; color + -ation
Related forms
colorational, adjective
colorationally, adverb
decoloration, noun
overcoloration, noun
precoloration, noun
recoloration, noun
transcoloration, noun

decolor

or (especially British) decolour

[dee-kuhl-er] /diˈkʌl ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to remove the color from; deprive of color; bleach.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English decolouren < Latin dēcolōrāre, equivalent to dē- de- + colōrāre to color
Related forms
decoloration, noun
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coloration

/ˌkʌləˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
arrangement of colour and tones; colouring
2.
the colouring or markings of insects, birds, etc See also apatetic, aposematic, cryptic
3.
unwanted extraneous variations in the frequency response of a loudspeaker or listening environment
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Word Origin and History for decoloration

coloration

n.

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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