Bistre



a brown pigment extracted from the soot of wood, often used in pen and wash drawings.
a yellowish to dark-brown color.
Historical Examples

Pintoricchio Evelyn March Phillipps
Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3) Various
The Commission in Lunacy Honore de Balzac
From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley
A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3) Various
Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3) Various
A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3) Various

noun
a transparent water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling the soot of wood, used for pen and wash drawings

a yellowish-brown to dark brown colour
(as modifier): bistre paint

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