Definition of tempera noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tempera

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtempərə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempərə//
 
[uncountable] Art equipment
 
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a kind of paint in which the colour is mixed with egg and water; a method of painting that uses this kind of paint See related entries: Art equipment Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Italian, in the phrase pingere a tempera ‘paint in distemper’.
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