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 for mordant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mordant \Mor"dant\, a. [F., p. pr. of mordere to bite; L.
     mordere. See Morsel.]
     1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
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     2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Serving to fix colors.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mordant \Mor"dant\, n. [F., originally, biting.]
     1. Any corroding substance used in etching.
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     2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Any substance, as alum or
        copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic
        fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and
        thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.
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     3. (Gilding) Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made
        to adhere.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mordant \Mor"dant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mordanted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Mordanting.]
     To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to
     mordant goods for dyeing.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mordant
      adj 1: harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke";
             "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ...
             to savage mordant wit" [syn: black, grim, mordant]
      2: of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of
         destroying or eating away by chemical action [syn: caustic,
         corrosive, erosive, vitriolic, mordant]
      n 1: a substance used to treat leather or other materials before
           dyeing; aids in dyeing process

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  110 Moby Thesaurus words for "mordant":
     Attic, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent,
     acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, actual cautery, asperous,
     astringent, biting, bitter, brand, brand iron, branding iron,
     brilliant, caustic, cauter, cauterant, cauterizer, cautery, clever,
     corroding, corrosive, cutting, double-edged, driving, droll, edged,
     effective, electrocautery, escharotic, facetious, fierce, forceful,
     forcible, funny, gutsy, harsh, hot iron, humorous, humorsome,
     imperative, impressive, incisive, irritating, jesting, jocose,
     jocular, joking, joky, joshing, keen, keen-witted, lunar caustic,
     mordacious, moxa, nervous, nimble-witted, nose-tickling,
     penetrating, piercing, piquant, poignant, pointed,
     potential cautery, powerful, punchy, pungent, quick-witted, radium,
     rapier-like, rigorous, rough, salt, salty, scathing, scintillating,
     scorching, sensational, severe, sharp, sinewed, sinewy, slashing,
     smart, sour, sparkling, sprightly, stabbing, stinging, strident,
     striking, stringent, strong, tart, telling, trenchant, vehement,
     vigorous, violent, virulent, vital, vitriolic, whimsical,
     withering, witty
  
  

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