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ocher

or ochre

[oh-ker] /ˈoʊ kər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the color of this, ranging from pale yellow to an orangish or reddish yellow.
3.
Obsolete. money, especially gold coin.
adjective
4.
of the color of ocher.
verb (used with object), ochered, ochering.
5.
to color or mark with ocher.
Origin of ocher
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English oker < Old French ocre < Latin ōchrā < Greek ṓchrā yellow ocher
Related forms
ocherous, ochery, adjective
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  • For a considerable time, nothing save barren, ocherous desert was in view.

    The Pygmy Planet John Stewart Williamson
  • He could see masses of vividly green forest; vast expanses of bare, cracked, ocherous desert; wastes of smooth blue ocean.

    The Pygmy Planet John Stewart Williamson
  • Pottery burned with sage or grease-wood was firm, light gray unless of ocherous clay, less cloudy than if ash-baked, yet mottled.

British Dictionary definitions for ocherous

ocher

/ˈəʊkə/
noun, adjective, verb
1.
the US spelling of ochre
Derived Forms
ocherous, ochery, adjective
ochroid (ˈəʊkrɔɪd) adjective
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Word Origin and History for ocherous

ocher

see ochre.

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