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From Latin colophonia (of Colophon) resina (resin); named after the Ionic city of Colophon, which was known for producing hardened resin.

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colophony (usually uncountable, plural colophonies)

  1. Rosin; the residue left after the distillation of oil of turpentine from liquid resin, used in pharmaceutical preparations, soldering fluxes, and by violinists.
    • 1907, G. F. Scott Elliot, The Romance of Plant Life[1]:
      This resin or turpentine is a very interesting and peculiar substance, or rather series of substances. It is valuable because tar, pitch, rosin, and colophony are obtained by distilling it.

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