\ˈō-kər \
variants: or ochre

Definition of ocher 

1 : an earthy usually red or yellow and often impure iron ore used as a pigment

2 : the color of ocher especially : the color of yellow ocher

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Other Words from ocher

ocherous \ˈō-k(ə-)rəs \ or ochreous \ˈō-k(ə-)rəs, -krē-əs \ adjective

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The metallic ocher boucle on the seat cushions adds luster. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Bold color helps a family put their mark on their new dining room," 13 July 2018 Peterson has programmed the projector to color it the light ocher of a beach. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Out of the darkened cleft of the fjord, three outriggers soon emerge, propelled by local Korafe women in skirts of tapa bark cloth painted with ocher, their necks hung with flowers and shells, and faces tattooed in black. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 In a palette of chartreuse, ocher, cinnamon and gamboge, Ito overlaid uncommon shapes, such as a rectangle rounded and pinched at the top like a loaf of Wonder Bread, into compositions of preternatural calm. Jason Farago, New York Times, "10 Galleries to Visit Now Around SoHo and TriBeCa," 26 Apr. 2018 The 2016 work, which the artist calls conceptual sculpture, renders the club complex, built as a power plant in a monumental Stalinist style, as an uncanny ocher monolith. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Nightclub at the Museum: Decades of Disco Design," 16 Mar. 2018 The color rocks found at the site were manganese and ocher, perfect for making black and red, respectively. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Discovered: 300,000-Year-Old Tools and Paints That Point to Early Humanity's Cleverness," 15 Mar. 2018 Their pale, pinkish clay offsets the denser hues of emerald, siena and ocher in the paintings, and their bent and folded planes, wedges and lobes rhyme with the geometries on paper. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "For Nathan Hayden at CB1 Gallery, the smaller the canvas, the bigger the effect," 13 Mar. 2018 The scientists traveled to a cave on the coast of Spain where Dr. Zilhão had earlier discovered shells that had been drilled with holes and painted with ocher. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ocher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ocher

Middle English oker, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French ocre, from Latin ochra, from Greek ōchra, from feminine of ōchros yellow

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