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Definition of "pigment" []

  • A substance used as coloring. (noun)
  • Dry coloring matter, usually an insoluble powder, to be mixed with water, oil, or another base to produce paint and similar products. (noun)
  • A substance, such as chlorophyll or melanin, that produces a characteristic color in plant or animal tissue. (noun)
  • To color with pigment. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pigment" in a sentence
  • "My guess is the cop was driving through the n'hood and saw a guy with too much skin pigment for that area, and overreacted."
  • "Vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder characterized by loss of skin pigment, has left much of his face and hands pale."
  • "Fuzzy, varying skin pigment absorbs light of varyin degree."