\ 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

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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 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, "The Joy of Seeing Rome Anew," 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, "Hiking the Grand Canyon From Rim-to-Rim Is a Bucket-List Adventure," 4 Mar. 2021 These inks were typically made from soot and ocher, mixed with some kind of binder (usually gum Arabic), then suspended in animal glue, vegetable oil, or vinegar. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "High-energy X-rays reveal the secrets of ancient Egyptian inks," 2 Dec. 2020 In the YouTube star Maangchi’s kitchen, the cookbook author and former gamer uses instant hazelnut coffee to flavor her pork and to stain it a gorgeous ocher. Washington Post, "Bo ssäm nirvana is within reach, and it starts with your Instant Pot," 28 Oct. 2020 The miners followed along the deposit beds until the ocher petered out. National Geographic, "11,000-year-old mine in underwater cave surprises archaeologists," 3 July 2020 His beautiful women are less flesh and blood than a waltz of curlicues conveyed in a palette of greens, peach, and ocher — nature’s colors. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Art of Posters," 11 Jan. 2020 As the sky turned from ocher to obsidian, congregants shuffled in from the chill, shedding coats, scarves and gloves to mingle with fellow worshipers, all dressed in holiday finery and sip on eggnog prepared by Lee’s wife. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "‘I’m heartbroken’: Congregants prepare to vacate historic church once attended by Teddy Roosevelt," 9 Dec. 2019 The ocher Mungo Man was buried in was a link to the cosmos. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Ocher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocher. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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