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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

dyeing, dying

Dyeing, spelled with an e, means “colouring.”

  • Pat began dyeing her hair when it started to turn gray.
  • The Ojibway people used larkspur flowers and blueberries for dyeing.

Dying, spelled without the e, means “approaching death.”

  • The wounded animal lay dying in the forest.