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ochre

[oh-ker] /ˈoʊ kər/
noun, adjective, verb (used with object), ochred, ochring.
1.
Related forms
ochreous
[oh-ker-uh s, oh-kree-uh s] /ˈoʊ kər əs, ˈoʊ kri əs/ (Show IPA),
ochrous
[oh-kruh s] /ˈoʊ krəs/ (Show IPA),
ochry
[oh-kree] /ˈoʊ kri/ (Show IPA),
adjective

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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Examples from the Web for ochre
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  • It was a trying position for the boy, who looked dauntlessly into the hideous countenance daubed with ochre and paint.

    Ned in the Block-House Edward S. Ellis
  • Every day I wrote with him, first in red, and then in ochre to give him a rest.

    Droozle Frank Banta
  • At the corner of the road leading to Long Benton there was a quarry from which a peculiar and scarce kind of ochre was taken.

  • The hill where this earth or ochre is found is called Hgmarkbœrget.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • It appeared to contain a great quantity of ochre, but seemed by the taste too astringent to be wholesome.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • There I saw three skulls of men resting on the ochre with which he rubbed his body.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • These formulas, however, contained a small percentage of umber and ochre.

    Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
British Dictionary definitions for ochre

ochre

/ˈəʊkə/
noun
1.
any of various natural earths containing ferric oxide, silica, and alumina: used as yellow or red pigments
2.
  1. a moderate yellow-orange to orange colour
  2. (as adjective): an ochre dress
verb
3.
(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

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 ochre
n.

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.

ocher

see ochre.

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