• WordNet 3.6
    • v discolour change color, often in an undesired manner "The shirts discolored"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discolour See discolor, discolored.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Discolour dis-kul′ur to take away colour from: to change or to spoil the natural colour of: to alter the appearance of: to mark with other colours, to stain: to dirty, disfigure
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. descolorer—L. dis, apart, and colorārecolor; colour.


In literature:

She stood still in front of it, and let her glance rest on the discoloured memorial.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
A curious discolouration appeared in a streak across the pool at the far end.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
There was a Spanish note in the red trappings, braided and betasselled, but all worn, discoloured and stained.
"The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia" by William Somerset Maugham
Her emaciated hand trembled; it looked almost discoloured in the uncertain light.
"Where Deep Seas Moan" by E. Gallienne-Robin
The figure is larger than life and of white marble, which is discoloured and stained by time.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
They quickly turn hay colour and then get discoloured by the wood smoke.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
He noticed with disgust that the nails had grown long and discoloured.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
Dilapidated and discoloured, it has a charming Renaissance front.
"A Little Tour in France" by Henry James
The skin over the trochanter is generally discoloured from bruising.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Whether it be observed, that Trees and other greater Plants seem to have their tops burnt, or other leaves or outsides discoloured?
"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666" by Various

In poetry:

If all men's tears were let
Into one common sewer, sea, and brine;
What were they all, compar'd to thine?
Wherein if they were set,
They would discolour thy most bloudy sweat.
"Affliction (II)" by George Herbert
We dreading him, we do him wrong;
For fears discolour, fears invite.
Like him, our task is to be strong;
Unlike him, claiming not by might
To snatch an envied treasure as a right.
"The Call" by George Meredith
Thy scowling eyes through veiling cloud are glaring
On the pale face of Nature rudely baring,
Her shivering form her leafy garments strewing
O'er field and wood-discoloured heaps of ruin.
"November Findings--1862" by Janet Hamilton
As a queen taken and stripped and bound
Sat earth, discoloured and discrowned;
As a king's palace empty and dead
The sky was, without light or sound;
And on the summer's head
Were ashes shed.
"On The Downs" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But let me whisper, lovely fair,
This joy may soon give place to care,
And sorrow cloud this day;
Full soon your eyes of sparkling blue,
And velvet lips of scarlet hue,
Discoloured, may decay.
"Verses Sent To A Lady On Her Birthday" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
O Dreadfull Justice, what a fright and terrour
Wast thou of old,
When sinne and errour
Did show and shape thy looks to me,
And through their glasse discolour thee!
He that did but look up, was proud and bold.
"Justice (II)" by George Herbert

In news:

Some of the pigments in Renaissance paintings are unstable, and the varnishes often used to protect the surface gradually become discoloured.
Pets that obsessively lick, have discoloured fur, and refuse to refrian from biting when having their nails trimmed: Dr Majure can take them all.