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[oh-ker] /ˈoʊ kər/
noun, adjective, verb (used with object), ochred, ochring.
Related forms
[oh-ker-uh s, oh-kree-uh s] /ˈoʊ kər əs, ˈoʊ kri əs/ (Show IPA),
[oh-kruh s] /ˈoʊ krəs/ (Show IPA),
[oh-kree] /ˈoʊ kri/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ochre
  • 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.
  • The wound is then tapped with a flat stick to increase the flow of blood, and red ochre is rubbed into it.
  • The test paper has turned an ominous shade of ochre, suggesting arsenic up to four times the allowable limit.
  • The bones had been covered in red ochre, a pigment made from clay.
  • The walls were finished with stucco and painted green, ochre and cranberry red, colors chosen to blend with the surroundings.
  • ochre, a red mineral, could be used to make red paint when mixed with grease.
  • He has located every pictograph mentioned in the reports except one: the red ochre bear paw.
British Dictionary definitions for ochre


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 ochre

type of clayey soil (much used in pigments), late 14c., from Old French ocre (c.1300) and directly from Late Latin ocra, from Latin ochra, from Greek ochra, from ochros "pale yellow," of unknown origin. As a color name, "brownish-yellow," it is attested from mid-15c. Related: Ochreous.

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