|1.||a staining or colouring substance, such as a natural or synthetic pigment|
|2.||a liquid that contains a colouring material and can be used to stain fabrics, skins, etc|
|3.||the colour or shade produced by dyeing|
|—vb , dyes, dyeing, dyed|
|4.||(tr) to impart a colour or stain to (something, such as fabric or hair) by or as if by the application of a dye|
|[Old English dēagian, from dēag a dye; related to Old High German tugōn to change, Lettish dūkans dark]|
A substance used to color materials or substances, such as cells, tissues, and microorganisms.
The art of dyeing is one of great antiquity, although no special mention is made of it in the Old Testament. The Hebrews probably learned it from the Egyptians (see Ex. 26:1; 28:5-8), who brought it to great perfection. In New Testament times Thyatira was famed for its dyers (Acts 16:14). (See COLOUR.)