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sepia

[see-pee-uh] /ˈsi pi ə/
noun
1.
a brown pigment obtained from the inklike secretion of various cuttlefish and used with brush or pen in drawing.
2.
a drawing made with this pigment.
3.
a dark brown.
4.
Photography. a print or photograph made in this color.
5.
any of several cuttlefish of the genus Sepia, producing a dark fluid used naturally for defense and, by humans, in ink.
adjective
6.
of a brown, grayish brown, or olive brown similar to that of sepia ink.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin sēpia cuttlefish, its secretion < Greek sēpía; akin to sêpsis sepsis
Related forms
sepialike, adjective
sepic
[see-pik, sep-ik] /ˈsi pɪk, ˈsɛp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sepialike

sepia

/ˈsiːpɪə/
noun
1.
a dark reddish-brown pigment obtained from the inky secretion of the cuttlefish
2.
any cuttlefish of the genus Sepia
3.
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
4.
a brownish-grey to dark yellowish-brown colour
5.
a drawing or photograph in sepia
adjective
6.
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 sepialike

sepia

n.

"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.

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Encyclopedia Article for sepialike

sepia

dyestuff, coloured brown with a trace of violet, that is obtained from a pigment protectively secreted by cuttlefish or squid. Sepia is obtained from the ink sacs of these invertebrates. The sacs are speedily extracted from the bodies and are dried to prevent putrefaction. The sacs are then dissolved in dilute alkali, and the resulting solution is filtered. The pigment thus obtained is precipitated with dilute hydrochloric acid and is then washed, filtered, and dried. The chemically inert pigment is fairly permanent and is used as a drawing ink and as an artist's watercolour, particularly in monochrome

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