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.

1560–70; < Latin sēpia cuttlefish, its secretion < Greek sēpía; akin to sêpsis sepsis

sepialike, adjective
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sepia (ˈsiːpɪə)
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
6.  of the colour sepia or done in sepia: a sepia print
[C16: from Latin: a cuttlefish, from Greek; related to Greek sēpein to make rotten]

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Word Origin & History

"rich brown pigment," 1821, from It. seppia "cuttlefish" (borrowed with that meaning in Eng. by 1569), from L. sepia "cuttlefish," from Gk. sepia, 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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