mordancy

mordancy

[mawr-dn-see]
noun
the quality of being mordant; sharpness.

Origin:
1650–60; mord(ant) + -ancy

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mordant (ˈmɔːdənt)
 
adj
1.  sarcastic or caustic
2.  having the properties of a mordant
3.  pungent
 
n
4.  See also lake a substance used before the application of a dye, possessing the ability to fix colours in textiles, leather, etc
5.  an acid or other corrosive fluid used to etch lines on a printing plate
 
vb
6.  (tr) to treat (a fabric, yarn, etc) with a mordant
 
[C15: from Old French: biting, from mordre to bite, from Latin mordēre]
 
'mordancy
 
n
 
'mordantly
 
adv

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