Etymology
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tempera (n.)

also tempra, 1832, from Italian tempera (in phrase pingere a tempera), back-formation from temperare "to mix (colors); temper," from Latin temperare "to mix in due proportion, modify, blend; restrain oneself" (see temper (v.)).

updated on December 15, 2015

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Definitions of tempera from WordNet

tempera (n.)
pigment mixed with water-soluble glutinous materials such as size and egg yolk;
Synonyms: poster paint / poster color / poster colour
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