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What are the products of hydrolysis when stannic chloride is used as a mordant?

Tin is not so useful as a mordant in itself, but as a modifying agent with other mordants.

Some mordant the wool first with alum, but it does not seem to need it.

No mordant is needed, and the colours produced are the fastest known.

It is one of the substantive colours and does not need any mordant.

The mordant tone in which this was said disconcerted Mrs. Hilbrough.

Pour on the film as much of the mordant as the cover-glass will hold.

They say a mordant has been found to stay the flight of its lovely colours.

Here, again, the mordant has no influence on the colour, but only fixes it on the cotton.

The mordant for a full red may be acetate of alumina, of spec.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "caustic" (of words, speech), from Middle French mordant, literally "biting," present participle of mordre "to bite," from Latin mordere "to bite, bite into; nip, sting;" figuratively "to pain, cause hurt," perhaps from PIE root mer- (2) "to rub away, harm" (see smart (v.)). Related: Mordantly. The noun sense in dyeing is first recorded 1791; the adjective in this sense is from 1902. Related: Mordancy; mordantly.

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