Definition of umber in English:
1 [mass noun] A natural pigment resembling but darker than ochre, normally dark yellowish-brown in colour ( raw umber) or dark brown when roasted ( burnt umber).
- Dark brown umber on bright yellow is featured in one Ziss painting, and purple-inflected blue set against pale green in another.
- For the nine paintings in this exhibition, Howell mixed titanium white, ivory black and raw umber - the raw umber prevents bluing - in carefully calculated ratios to achieve what he calls ‘a movement of gray toward light and dark.’
- Natural ochres, siennas, and umbers are found in a range of colours from red, orange, yellow, and brown to virtually black.
1.1Either of the colours of umber: [as modifier]: the village is built entirely of crumbling umber limestone
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- This open, umber landscape will be complemented, however, by a complex, labyrinthine village-scape.
- Poussin perpetuates the convention, which goes back as far as the Pompeian frescoes, of burnished umber men and pearly women.
- Wood grain and parquetry are abbreviated using forceful umber lines.
2A brownish moth with colouring that resembles tree bark.
- Several species in the family Geometridae
- The larva of the mottled umber moth is a reddish brown caterpillar that eats the leaves of oak trees and shrubs.
- A mottled umber moth found its way onto a Glasgow window.
- At least two other moths, the mottled umber moth (Erannis. defoliaria), and the March moth (Alsophila aescularia) have wingless females.
Definition of umber in:
- US English dictionary
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