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burnt sienna

noun
1.
See under sienna (def 1).
2.
an intense dark reddish-brown color.
Origin of burnt sienna
1835-1845
1835-45

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
1750-60; < Italian (terra di) Sien(n)a (earth of) Siena
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Examples from the Web for burnt sienna
Historical Examples
  • Pollie became stout—enormously stout—the pearl-like pink of her cheek now looked like burnt sienna, mixed with chrome yellow.

  • The burnt sienna (which you can buy at any paint-shop) is used only to warm up the black.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • burnt sienna, wet in stale beer, forms the graining material.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • Raw umber is a good color, or raw umber modified with burnt sienna and black.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • The whole landscape has an underlying wash of burnt sienna, glowing warmly through the superimposed color.

    The Song of the Wolf Frank Mayer
  • These three colours with burnt sienna will produce almost every variety of sunny foliage.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • The colors used are burnt sienna, burnt umber and Vandyke brown, with crimson lake for overgraining on particularly bright work.

    Practical Graining William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • Then put on a thin glaze over it when dry made of raw and burnt sienna with enough whiting to make it rather transparent.

    Graining and Marbling Frederick Maire
  • The colors used are raw and burnt sienna, raw and burnt umber and ivory black.

    Graining and Marbling Frederick Maire
  • This may be colored with anything desired, like burnt sienna, annatto, or other coloring material.

British Dictionary definitions for burnt sienna

burnt sienna

noun
1.
a reddish-brown dye or pigment obtained by roasting raw sienna in a furnace
2.
a dark reddish-orange to reddish-brown colour

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 burnt sienna

Sienna

city in central Italy, probably from Senones, the name of a Gaulish people who settled there in ancient times. Related: Sienese. The brownish-ochre color (1760) is from Italian terra di Sienna "earth of Siena," where the coloring material first was produced.

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