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[tingk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /tɪŋkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
pertaining to coloring or dyeing.
Origin of tinctorial
1645-55; < Latin tīnctōri(us) of or related to dipping, dyeing (see tinct, -tory1) + -al1
Related forms
tinctorially, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The large quantity of madder consumed for tinctorial purposes is indicative of the value of this dye-stuff.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • Bichromate of potash is a most powerful oxidizing agent, and produces very complex and interesting changes in tinctorial bodies.

  • The tinctorial value of these plants was known in India and Egypt long before the Christian era.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
  • A solution of bichloride of mercury disguised by the addition of a little flavouring and tinctorial matter.

  • The necessary "tinctorial powder" must be obtained from Mr. Packham or through a dealer.

  • The tinctorial matter may be distributed either uniformly throughout the stone or in regular zones, or in quite irregular patches.

  • The coloured pommades derive their respective tints from tinctorial matter added to the melted fat before perfuming it.

  • Cochineal and lac-dye have now nearly superseded the use of kermes as a tinctorial substance, in England.

  • One pound of dry alizarin has the tinctorial power of 90 pounds of madder.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
British Dictionary definitions for tinctorial


of or relating to colouring, staining, or dyeing
imbuing with colour
Derived Forms
tinctorially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tinctōrius, from tingere to tinge
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tinctorial in Medicine

tinctorial tinc·to·ri·al (tĭngk-tôr'ē-əl)
Relating to coloring or staining.

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