Definition of ocher in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōkər/
(chiefly British also ochre)


1An earthy pigment containing ferric oxide, typically with clay, varying from light yellow to brown or red.
Example sentences
  • The palette is severely limited: blacks, grays, browns, and the acidic yellow ochre of the faces.
  • A streak of yellow ochre holds a form together, but on perusal, it becomes a muscle, the features of a face or a spinal column.
  • But the traditional colours used for the art remain ochre red and yellow, shades of blue and white and black.
1.1A pale brownish yellow color.
Example sentences
  • But the water is ochre in colour and tastes bitter.
  • Spore prints can be ochre in colour but difficult to obtain.
  • The walls are freshly painted in strong colours from yellow to ochre, or pink and bright blue.



Pronunciation: /ˈōk(ə)riSH/


Pronunciation: /ˈōk(ə)roid/
Example sentences
  • I loved Adrian, with his sunny disposition to match his ochroid hair.
  • The snow fell and collided against the ochroid flames.


Pronunciation: /ˈōk(ə)rəs/
Example sentences
  • The opening scene of the ballet is a landscape of stark blue sky and ochreous sun-baked hills with Pan's grotto in the foreground.
  • This gives the wooden pieces an ocherous tint that, after some time, turns red brown.




Middle English: from Old French ocre, via Latin from Greek ōkhra 'yellow ocher'.

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