Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a double action upon colors used as tests in chemistry. Erroneously written amphicroitic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Chem.) Exhibiting or producing two colors, as substances which in the color test may change red litmus to blue and blue litmus to red.

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  • adjective chemistry Exhibiting or producing two colours, as substances which may change red litmus to blue and blue litmus to red.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek

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  • Turns red if it's in a blue state, and blue if it's in a red state, without regard to politics.

    January 9, 2012

  • Litmus paper is one of my favorite things ever.

    Seriously.

    What a great word!

    January 9, 2012

  • I used to tape litmus strips to my kites as a kid. Sometimes they'd come back blue.

    January 9, 2012

  • Really? That's awesome.

    January 9, 2012