\ ˈō-kər How to pronounce ocher (audio) \
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

Other Words from ocher

ocherous \ ˈō-​k(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce ocher (audio) \ or ochreous \ ˈō-​k(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce ocher (audio) , -​krē-​əs \ adjective

Examples of ocher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The animals painted in ocher in Colombia may include giant ground sloths and other creatures that vanished from the Americas. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2022 If that's the case, the archaeologists say, then the people who made the bladelets and stained the ground with ocher may have been part of the first wave of our species to reach eastern Asia. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2022 Another housing project from the same period, Walden 7, outside Barcelona, consists of 22 towers grouped around five courtyards, their outer facades painted an earthy ocher and their courtyard facades a dark aqua. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2022 The researchers analyzed samples of the red residues and concluded that the ocher, a natural pigment found in clay, used to make them was brought to the cave from somewhere else -- although the study did not determine exactly from where. Katie Hunt, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021 Among the unique objects at Blombos are a number of pieces of ocher. Wyatt Mason, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Natural materials — feathers, shells, ocher, oil — were talismans to help ward off ills. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Centuries of paint, layer upon layer, peel away, a palimpsest of fine intentions measured in the warm earth tones of the south—terra-cotta, russet, rose madder, ocher; colors that were the latest thing in Caesar's day. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2021 We were surrounded by space and air and skyscraper-size monoliths of constantly changing texture and color; the light taupe of the Kaibab giving way to the ocher of sandstone. Jamie Quatro, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocher. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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