ochre

[oh-ker]
noun, adjective, verb (used with object), ochred, ochring.

ochreous [oh-ker-uhs, oh-kree-uhs] , ochrous [oh-kruhs] , ochry [oh-kree] , adjective
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ochre or ocher (ˈəʊkə)
 
n
1.  any of various natural earths containing ferric oxide, silica, and alumina: used as yellow or red pigments
2.  a.  a moderate yellow-orange to orange colour
 b.  (as adjective): an ochre dress
 
vb
3.  (tr) to colour with ochre
 
[C15: from Old French ocre, from Latin ōchra, from Greek ōkhra, from ōkhros pale yellow]
 
ocher or ocher
 
n
 
vb
 
[C15: from Old French ocre, from Latin ōchra, from Greek ōkhra, from ōkhros pale yellow]
 
ochreous or ocher
 
adj
 
ochrous or ocher
 
adj
 
ochry or ocher
 
adj
 
'ocherous or ocher
 
adj
 
'ochery or ocher
 
adj
 
ochroid or ocher
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

ochre
late 14c., "type of clayey soil (much used in pigments)," from O.Fr. ocre (c.1300), from L. ochra, from Gk. ochra, from ochros "pale yellow," of unknown origin. As a color name, "brownish-yellow," it is attested from mid-15c.
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Example sentences
The ochre walls of the piazza are also scarred, with pockmarks from bullets gone astray.
In addition, they wear body decorations of ochre and sheep fat that have a distinctive smell.
Ochre from clay was heated to produce reds, yellows and browns.
The entire body is rubbed with a cream, which consists of rancid butterfat and ochre powder.
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