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coloration (n.)

"art or practice of coloring; special appearance of color or colored marks on a surface," 1620s, from French coloration (16c.), from Late Latin colorationem (nominative coloratio) "act or fact of coloring," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin colorare "to color, to get tanned," from color "color of the skin, color in general" (see color (n.)).