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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Distem’per
 
means an undue mixture. In medicine a distemper arises from the redundancy of certain secretions or morbid humours. The distemper in dogs is an undue quantity of secretions manifested by a running from the eyes and nose. (Latin, dis-temp’ero, to mix amiss.)   1
   Applied to painting, the word is from another source, the French détremper (to soak in water), because the paints, instead of being mixed with oil, are mixed with a vehicle (as yolk of eggs or glue) soluble in water.   2
 


 Distaffi’na.Distinguished Member of the Humane Society. 

 
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