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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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Word Origin and History for watercolors

watercolor

n.

1590s, "pigment that dissolves in water," from water (n.1) + color. Meaning "picture painted in watercolors" is attested from 1854.

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