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ultramarine

Line breaks: ultra|mar¦ine
Pronunciation: /ˌʌltrəməˈriːn
 
, ˈʌlt-/

Definition of ultramarine in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A brilliant deep blue pigment originally obtained from lapis lazuli, now made from powdered fired clay, sodium carbonate, sulphur, and resin: [as modifier]: ultramarine blue
More example sentences
  • The brilliant pure blue of genuine ultramarine, obtained from crushed lapis lazuli, was a pigment used in Europe from the early 13th century when the method of extraction was perfected.
  • The background is a lightly mottled blue - the look you get when you apply ultramarine, a semitransparent pigment, in a reasonably straightforward fashion.
  • They are small in scale and feature extensive use of gold and brilliant, rich and sparkling colors like ultramarine, Prussian blue, indigo, violet, purple, carmine and tangerine.
1.1A brilliant deep blue colour: the colour of the water deepened to ultramarine
More example sentences
  • An elegant Siddha on a cave ceiling is done in sombre shades of blue, ranging from off-white to ultramarine, an unusual colour scheme.
  • ‘In them, Ken has fused the rich colours of sky, sea and earth - ultramarine, cyan, terracotta - with neutrals to create works which are serene and yet striking,’ says David.
  • Her palette grew more complex and sophisticated - replete with lavenders, juicy oranges, translucent celadons, glowing viridians, wine reds and a range of blues from deep ultramarine to pale sky.

Origin

late 16th century: from medieval Latin ultramarinus 'beyond the sea'; the name of the pigment is from obsolete Italian (azzurro) oltramarino, literally '(azure) from overseas'.

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