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Verb: blacken  bla-kun
  1. Make or become black
    "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened";
    - melanize, melanise [Brit], nigrify, black
     
  2. (cooking) burn slightly and superficially so as to affect colour
    "The cook blackened the chicken breast";
    - char, sear, scorch

Derived forms: blackening, blackened, blackens

Type of: burn, color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn]

Antonym: whiten

Encyclopedia: Blacken