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[oh-ker] /ˈoʊ kər/
any of a class of natural earths, mixtures of hydrated oxide of iron with various earthy materials, ranging in color from pale yellow to orange and red, and used as pigments.
the color of this, ranging from pale yellow to an orangish or reddish yellow.
Obsolete. money, especially gold coin.
of the color of ocher.
verb (used with object), ochered, ochering.
to color or mark with ocher.
Origin of ocher
1350-1400; Middle English oker < Old French ocre < Latin ōchrā < Greek ṓchrā yellow ocher
Related forms
ocherous, ochery, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ocher
  • He rendered the scene in a palette of solemn gray, brown and ocher, with raging seas and menacing skies dominating the picture.
  • With the gold gone, the sword's elaborate hilt had turned a dull ocher.
  • At the north end of town stands a cluster of neat concrete villas, painted ocher or white.
  • He built up their palette from a few earthy tones: brown, ocher, muted green.
  • The kits included a pair of abalone shells holding paint made from a red dirt known as ocher.
  • For red pigment he used ocher from the local iron-rich clay.
  • Even the pale buildings have been replaced by a deeper ocher.
  • SOmetimes they were drawn, and other times, they represent actual hands dipped in red ocher paint.
British Dictionary definitions for ocher


noun, adjective, verb
the US spelling of ochre
Derived Forms
ocherous, ochery, adjective
ochroid (ˈəʊkrɔɪd) adjective


any of various natural earths containing ferric oxide, silica, and alumina: used as yellow or red pigments
  1. a moderate yellow-orange to orange colour
  2. (as adjective): an ochre dress
(transitive) to colour with ochre
Derived Forms
ochreous (ˈəʊkrɪəs; ˈəʊkərəs), ochrous (ˈəʊkrəs), ochry (ˈəʊkərɪ; ˈəʊkrɪ), (US) ocherous, ochery, adjective
ochroid (ˈəʊkrɔɪd) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French ocre, from Latin ōchra, from Greek ōkhra, from ōkhros pale yellow
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Word Origin and History for ocher

see ochre.

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