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or bis·tre  (bĭs′tər)
1. A water-soluble, yellowish-brown pigment.
2. A grayish to yellowish brown.

[French bistre.]

bis′tered adj.
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(ˈbɪstə) or


1. (Art Terms) a transparent water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling the soot of wood, used for pen and wash drawings
2. (Colours)
a. a yellowish-brown to dark brown colour
b. (as modifier): bistre paint.
[C18: from French, of unknown origin]
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Noun1.bistre - a water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling wood soot
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
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Charmingly illustrated by Bistra Masseva, "Elephants Walk Together" is an especially recommended picture book story by Cheryl Lawton Malone for children ages 5 to 7.
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(%) ticks (nymphs, males, positive, by females) bacterial species Borrelia miyamotoi Cugir (Alba) 19 (8, 4, 7) 0 Vladimirescu (Arad) 17 (0, 5, 12) 0 Bicaci (Bihor) 23 (12, 5, 6) 0 Bistrita (Bistrita-Nasaud) 30 (0, 10, 20) 0 Poiana Marului (Brasov) 66 (0,10, 56) 2 (3.03) Vultureni (Cluj) 44 (3, 10, 31) 1 (2.27) Micesti (Cluj) 62 (0, 15, 47) 1 (1.62) Resita (Caras-Severin) 21 (0, 10, 11) 0 Corund (Harghita) 59 (7, 17, 37) 0 Bistra (Maramures) 26 (1, 10, 15) 0 Icland (Mures) 37 (6, 5, 26) 2 (5.41) Medias (Sibiu) 12 (2, 4, 6) 1 (8.33) Ratesti (Satu Mare) 22 (7, 10, 15) 0 Lugoj (Timis) 30 (0, 11, 19) 0 Total 468 (46, 126, 296) 7 (1.5) Locality (county) No.
Exploring how Skype is used in communication with relevant others, I found that Skype talk was most used by the majority of participants for communicating with family: Nine reported using it four times a week, and two reported using it once a day (Bistra for communicating with friends and family, and Aleksandra for keeping in touch with her one-year-old son).
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Bistra, the Radika River and, underneath, the Dolna Reka villages.
The possibilities and potentials for mountain and environmental tourism, which the Czech are greatly interested in, are presented in the tourist magazine through the villages of Galicnik, Lazaropole and Gari and Saint Jovan Bigorski Monastery on mountain Bistra. The article includes numerous photographs with the specialties from the national cuisine and local gastronomy.
(Curator), Bistra Lankova, Acel Moore, Lynda McDonnelL Fifth row: Stanley Forman, William Grant, Paul Lieberman, Daniel Passent Not pictured: Suthichai Yoon, Everett Dennis.