mordant

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From French mordant

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mordant (comparative more mordant, superlative most mordant)

  1. Having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.

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mordant (plural mordants)

  1. Any substance used to facilitate the fixing of a dye to a fibre; usually a metallic compound which reacts with the dye using chelation.
    • 1964, In dyeing two mediums are required, the colouring matter and the mordant which fixes the dye in the wool.L.F. Salzman, English Industries of the Middle Ages, p. 208.
  2. Any corrosive substance used in etching.

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mordant (third-person singular simple present mordants, present participle mordanting, simple past and past participle mordanted)

  1. (transitive) To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant.
    Mordant these goods for dyeing.

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

mordant

  1. Present participle of mordre.

Adjective[edit]

mordant m (feminine mordante, masculine plural mordants, feminine plural mordantes)

  1. biting, sharp, acrid
  2. mordant
  3. corrosive

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