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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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Noun1.bister - 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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'Bister Sikes!' exclaimed Barney, with real or counterfeit joy;
'Wud of Bister Fagid's lads,' exclaimed Barney, with a grin.
Charlotte Bister and Dan Richards have written 'Vindicta Games', the first short play of the evening.
We were warned that Junior and Bister (his nickname for Princess) might be jealous when she came along, but they both absolutely love her and, if anything, having her has brought us all so much closer."
Amici and Burradon also finished 2-2, Carver netting twice for Amici and Bister and Boddy replying for Burradon.
Klaus Bister from the Institute of Biochemistry at the University of Innsbruck said: "To get a better understanding of the deregulation process caused by the oncogene, we would have to know which genes are regulated by myc and which of these are important for cancers."
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Written by co-artistic directors Charlotte Bister and Daniel Richards, A View from the Edge is a highly original show.
Rex Fallen, Len Pate, Martyn Evans and Alan Bister were trailing 10-9 at 15 ends but had slightly the worse of the remaining exchanges to lose seven shots against five to go down 17-14.
It was third time lucky for the VPs when they finished 116-107 ahead of Barnstaple Rock Park BC in their third game, with the highest winning rink honours going to Rex Fallon, Bill Fakey, Brian Hunt and Alan Bister. The fourth match also resulted in a VPs' win - 109-103 against Bideford BC - with the highest rink win going to Martn Evans, Bill Fakey, Dave Goodman and Alan Bister.