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watercolor

[waw-ter-kuhl-er, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌkʌl ər, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
1.
a pigment for which water and not oil is used as the vehicle.
2.
the art or technique of painting with such pigments.
3.
a painting or design executed in such pigments by this technique.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; water + color
Related forms
water-color, adjective
watercolorist, noun
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Examples for watercolor
  • Demonstrations of drawing insects through a microscope, watercolor and graphite will be shown during the reception.
  • Watch for views of the peaks, an alpine watercolor framed by your windshield.
  • Here's a sample of his drawings from the book, done in ink, watercolor and gouache.
  • Visitors will see watercolor, oil paintings and pastels.
  • Craft furniture, clothing, hats and watercolor paintings are displayed side-by-side.
  • watercolor ingestion occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally eats or swallows watercolor paints.
  • The artist may have been creating watercolor copies of his oils to take advantage of the new vogue for the medium.
British Dictionary definitions for watercolor

watercolour

/ˈwɔːtəˌkʌlə/
noun
1.
  1. Also called pure watercolour. water-soluble pigment, applied in transparent washes and without the admixture of white pigment in the lighter tones
  2. any water-soluble pigment, including opaque kinds such as gouache and tempera
2.
  1. a painting done in watercolours
  2. (as modifier) a watercolour masterpiece
3.
the art or technique of painting with such pigments
Derived Forms
watercolourist, (US) watercolorist, noun
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Word Origin and History for watercolor
watercolor
1596, "pigment that dissolves in water," from water + color. Meaning "picture painted in watercolors" is attested from 1854.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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