red ocher

noun

Definition of red ocher

: a red earthy hematite used as a pigment

Examples of red ocher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 23-year-old’s body was dusted with red ocher, a pigment used by many ancient cultures in burial ceremonies. Washington Post, "We Keep the Dead Close," 16 Nov. 2020 Maparasha Hills, KenyaThousands of Maasai men clad in red and purple shawls and with their heads coated in red ocher gathered this week for a ceremony that transforms them from Moran (warriors) to Mzee (elders). Reuters, CNN, "Kenya's Maasai gather for once-in-a-decade ceremony to turn warriors into elders," 24 Sep. 2020 Some 7,000 years ago, a prehistoric human (or humans) added red ocher paintings to Los Machos, a natural rock shelter in southern Spain. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fingerprint Analysis Reveals New Insights on Prehistoric Rock Art’s Creators," 18 Sep. 2020 Today Himba women in southern Africa cover their bodies in a mix of butterfat and red ocher, a culturally important tradition that also acts as sunscreen and bug repellent. Theresa Machemer, National Geographic, "This archaeologist hunts DNA from prehistoric diseases," 8 Sep. 2020 At least one reason, Meacham said, was to prospect and mine red ocher. Fox News, "Prehistoric mine discovered in flooded cave complex in Mexico," 7 July 2020 At least one reason, Meacham said, was to prospect and mine red ocher. Fox News, "Prehistoric mine discovered in flooded cave complex in Mexico," 7 July 2020 Communities including the Himba in Namibia continue to use red ocher as a bug repellant and sunscreen today; the pigment is also useful for tanning hides. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "An Underwater Cave Once Hosted the Americas’ Oldest Known Ocher Mine," 7 July 2020 In all, divers identified more than 350 pits used for extracting red ocher, reports Bruce Bower for Science News. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "An Underwater Cave Once Hosted the Americas’ Oldest Known Ocher Mine," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of red ocher

1572, in the meaning defined above

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“Red ocher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20ocher. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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