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burnt umber

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Pronunciation: /bɜːntˈʌmbə(r)
 
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Definition of burnt umber in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A deep brown pigment made by calcining raw umber.
Example sentences
  • She had that psychotic grin on her face, yellow eyes all ablaze as knots of burnt umber threads fell over her shoulders and face, arms spread wide as she sat in that metal seat.
  • Add 0.4g burnt umber and 0.2g Indian yellow to a mortar, and then add 10 ml gum.
  • This specification covers the pigments commercially known as raw umber and burnt umber.
1.1A deep brown colour.
Example sentences
  • Through the water he could see layers of other leaves that had earlier sunk to the bottom, arranging themselves in shaded and mottled patterns of burnt umber and sienna.
  • The next step is to paint some winter weeds around her, and put a nice wet wash of burnt umber and cobalt blue over the wet ground of her body.
  • Additional details are painted with an earth-toned palette of clay red, burnt umber, yellow ocher, and black.

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