Meaning of pigment

pig•ment

Pronunciation: (pig'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. a dry insoluble substance, usually pulverized, which when suspended in a liquid vehicle becomes a paint, ink, etc.
  2. a coloring matter or substance.
  3. any substance whose presence in the tissues or cells of animals or plants colors them.
—v.t.
  1. to color; add pigment to.
—v.i.
  1. to become pigmented; acquire color; develop pigmentation: a poor quality of paper that doesn't pigment well.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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