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[see-pee-uh] /ˈsi pi ə/
a brown pigment obtained from the inklike secretion of various cuttlefish and used with brush or pen in drawing.
a drawing made with this pigment.
a dark brown.
Photography. a print or photograph made in this color.
any of several cuttlefish of the genus Sepia, producing a dark fluid used naturally for defense and, by humans, in ink.
of a brown, grayish brown, or olive brown similar to that of sepia ink.
Origin of sepia
1560-70; < Latin sēpia cuttlefish, its secretion < Greek sēpía; akin to sêpsis sepsis
Related forms
sepialike, adjective
[see-pik, sep-ik] /ˈsi pɪk, ˈsɛp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sepia
  • Walk catwalks in central atrium to your room: floor-to-ceiling windows, sepia artwork, eco-friendly soap dispensers.
  • sepia is a rich color: the music often sounded warm and burnished.
  • In a dish of grilled squid, the sepia tails are basically sausage casings, stuffed with a spicy mix of chorizo and rice.
  • He clicked on the link, then took in the sepia-toned image that opened on his monitor.
  • It's in the sepia-drenched streetscapes, the wistful music, the mid-century slang.
  • The images are done in a sepia tone, giving it an odd, timeless feel despite the jetpacks and robots.
  • They were done in soft focus and sepia tones which were to become trademarks for his later works.
  • The sepia artwork gives the impression of looking at an old photograph album.
British Dictionary definitions for sepia


a dark reddish-brown pigment obtained from the inky secretion of the cuttlefish
any cuttlefish of the genus Sepia
a brownish tone imparted to a photograph, esp an early one such as a calotype. It can be produced by first bleaching a print (after fixing) and then immersing it for a short time in a solution of sodium sulphide or of alkaline thiourea
a brownish-grey to dark yellowish-brown colour
a drawing or photograph in sepia
of the colour sepia or done in sepia: a sepia print
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: a cuttlefish, from Greek; related to Greek sēpein to make rotten
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Word Origin and History for sepia

"rich brown pigment," 1821, from Italian seppia "cuttlefish" (borrowed with that meaning in English by 1560s), from Latin sepia "cuttlefish," from Greek sepia "cuttlefish," related to sepein "to make rotten" (cf. sepsis). The color was that of brown paint or ink prepared from the fluid secretions of the cuttlefish. Meaning "a sepia drawing" is recorded from 1863.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sepia in Technology

Standard ECRC Prolog Integrating Applications. Prolog with many extensions including attributed variables ("metaterms") and declarative coroutining. "SEPIA", Micha Meier et al, TR-LP-36 ECRC, March 1988. Version 3.1 available for Suns and VAX. (See ECRC-Prolog). E-mail:

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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