Meaning of abaiser in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbeɪsə/


  • A soft black pigment; ivory black, bone black.

    Recorded chiefly in dictionaries.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Weale (1791–1862), publisher and writer on architecture. Apparently from French abaisser (in painting) to tone down the intensity of a colour by using black alongside, specific use of abaisser to reduce in intensity.