Definition of ochre in English:

ochre

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊkə
 
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(US also ocher)

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1An earthy pigment containing ferric oxide, typically with clay, varying from light yellow to brown or red: [with modifier]: yellow ochre
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    • 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 colour.
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    • 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.

Derivatives

ochreish

adjective

ochreous

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊkrɪəs/
adjective
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  • 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.

ochroid

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊkrɔɪd/
adjective
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  • I loved Adrian, with his sunny disposition to match his ochroid hair.
  • The snow fell and collided against the ochroid flames.

ochrous

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊkrəs/
adjective

ochry

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊkri/
adjective

Origin

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

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