\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 thinking that animates the conference circuit is that a place like Laguna, where attendees meet against a backdrop of heart-stopping ocher sunsets, is highly conducive to productive discourse. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "California’s Tech Titans Fight Fires of Their Own," 16 Nov. 2018 Her stilettos were leopard print, her skirt leather, her coat suede, in a warm ocher color that would have blended nicely with the red-earth airstrips of the African bush. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Gave Us All a Valuable Lesson in How Not to Dress in Africa," 9 Oct. 2018 My entire closet now is taupes and ocher, and everything is linen. Vogue, "The New Crew: The Founders of King Restaurant in New York City’s West Village," 10 Sep. 2018 Before taking up the browns, grays and ochers of Cubism, the young Pablo Picasso spent the years 1901 to 1906 creating colorful works of enigmatic realism that started out in shades of blue and ended up in shades of pink. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Picasso Before Cubism, in Blue and Rose," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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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ocher brown


ocher orange

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