from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Fine soot collected from incompletely burned carbonaceous materials, used as a pigment and in matches, explosives, lubricants, and fertilizers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fine black pigment consisting of particles of carbon, pure or almost pure, used for making paints and ink.
  • To treat with lampblack; coat with lampblack.

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

  • noun The fine impalpable soot obtained from the smoke of carbonaceous substances which have been only partly burnt, as in the flame of a smoking lamp. It consists of finely divided carbon, with sometimes a very small proportion of various impurities. It is used as an ingredient of printers' ink, and various black pigments and cements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An amorphous form of carbon made from incompletely burned organic matter; used to make pigments and inks.

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

  • noun a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink


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lamp + black



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