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kermes the dried bodies of the female of certain scale insects, from which a purple-red dye is obtained. [2/3 definitions]
logwood the heartwood of this tree, from which a brownish or blackish dye is obtained, or this dye itself. [1/2 definitions]
madder1 any of a number of perennial plants that bear yellow flowers and have a root that yields a red dye. [2 definitions]
magenta a purplish red dye derived from coal tar; fuchsin. [1/3 definitions]
mauve a purple dye made from aniline. [1/2 definitions]
mercerize to treat (cotton thread or cloth) with sodium hydroxide to increase its strength, dye absorption, and luster.
mordant to treat with a caustic chemical for the purpose of etching or of fixing a dye. [1/5 definitions]
murex any of various spiny-shelled marine snails of tropical waters, formerly an important source of royal purple dye.
Prussian blue a dark blue pigment or dye used in fabric dyeing, painting, and the like. [1/2 definitions]
sappanwood a tree native to India whose wood yields a red dye. [1/2 definitions]
sodium cyanide a poisonous white crystalline compound, used in dye manufacture, casehardening alloys, pesticides, and the extraction of metals from ore.
tartar emetic a poisonous saltlike powder used to fix dye and medicinally to cause expectoration, vomiting, and perspiring.
tiedye to dye by using the tiedye method. [1/3 definitions]
tint a dye or coloring for the hair. [1/6 definitions]
Tyrian purple a natural purple dye formerly obtained from certain snails and shellfish and now made synthetically. [1/2 definitions]
vat dye a colorfast dye applied to cloth in a soluble form and then oxidized to an insoluble form in the cloth.
woad a European plant, related to mustard, from the leaves of which a blue dye was formerly obtained. [2 definitions]
yellowwood any of various trees of the southern United States that have compound leaves, bear clusters of white flowers, and yield a yellow dye from their wood. [1/3 definitions]