from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being washed off; not permanent or durable; -- said of colors not fixed by steaming or otherwise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In calico-printing, fugitive; that will not stand washing: applied to certain colors or dyes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent


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  • Perhaps a word of interest to those who list dyes and dyestuffs.

    December 31, 2011