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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
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British Dictionary definitions for ochreous

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
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Word Origin and History for ochreous

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.

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