variants or ochre
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
ocherous adjective
or ochreous
ˈō-k(ə-)rəs How to pronounce ocher (audio)
-krē-əs

Examples of ocher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When mixed together, ocher and bitumen create a sticky mass that was likely attached to stones and other tools, the scientists say. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Two decades on, the millennial glisten has given way to organic austerity; the dominant tones are now ocher and umber, turmeric and coffee. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 And in Africa, tree resin and ocher had been used to create similar compounds in ancient communities. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Unlike other Paleolithic paintings, typically made with ocher or manganese, most of Cova Dones’ paintings were done in clay—and conserved by chemistry. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ocher 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ocher was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ocher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocher. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ocher

noun
variants or ochre
1
: an earthy usually red or yellow and often impure iron ore used as coloring matter
2
: the color of yellow ocher

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