/ˈmɔdnt / (say 'mawdnt)

1. caustic or sarcastic, as wit, a speaker, etc.
2. having the property of fixing colours, as in dyeing.
3. a substance used in dyeing to fix the colouring matter, especially a metallic compound, as an oxide or hydroxide, which combines with the organic dye and forms an insoluble coloured compound or lake in the fibre.
4. an acid or other corrosive substance used in etching to eat out the lines, etc.
verb (t)
5. to impregnate or treat with a mordant.
{Middle English, from Old French, present participle of mordre, from Latin mordēre bite}
mordantly, adverb

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Mordant — Mor dant, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mordanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mordanting}.] To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mordant — (adj.) late 15c., caustic (of words, speech), from M.Fr. mordant, lit. biting, prp. of mordre to bite, from L. mordere to bite, bite into; nip, sting; figuratively to pain, cause hurt (see MORDACIOUS (Cf. mordacious)). Related: Mordantly. The… …   Etymology dictionary

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