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sienna

[see-en-uh] /siˈɛn ə/
noun
1.
a ferruginous earth used as a yellowish-brown pigment (raw sienna) or, after roasting in a furnace, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt sienna)
2.
the color of such a pigment.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Italian (terra di) Sien(n)a (earth of) Siena
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Examples for sienna
  • From burnt sienna to periwinkle, the crayons stood at attention, immaculate and pointy with possibilities.
  • The paint was supposed to be mixed of natural burnt sienna, applied in layers.
  • sienna is intermediate in color and composition between ocher and umber.
  • Long, thick fur gives raccoons a typical gray-brown color, with variations ranging from sienna to silver.
British Dictionary definitions for sienna

sienna

/sɪˈɛnə/
noun
1.
a natural earth containing ferric oxide used as a yellowish-brown pigment when untreated (raw sienna) or a reddish-brown pigment when roasted (burnt sienna)
2.
the colour of this pigment See also burnt sienna
Word Origin
C18: from Italian terra di Siena earth of Siena
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Word Origin and History for sienna
sienna
1760, from It. terra di Sienna "earth of Siena," city in central Italy, where the coloring material was first produced. The city name probably is from Senones, the name of a Gaulish people who settled there in ancient times.
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