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(adj) : biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe; serving to fix colors when dyeing
"1964, In dyeing two mediums are required, the colouring matter and the mordant which fixes the dye in the wool. — L.F. Salzman, English Industries of the Middle Ages, p. 208."
(n) : any substance used to facilitate the fixing of a dye to a fibre; usually a metallic compound which reacts with the dye using chelation
(v) : to subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant
"mordant goods for dyeing"

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