red ocher


: a red earthy hematite used as a pigment

Examples of red ocher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Behind his left shoulder was a charm made up of 29 iridescent sunrise tellin shells, a lump of red ocher and a fish bone tool used to scratch designs into human skin. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 But Taylor makes Hammons even more remarkable, taking Hammons back to his symbolic roots — in front of the red ocher facade of the Great Mosque at Djenné in Mali — with a grinning hyena nearby. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 The barge skippers are highly competitive, in their own way, but their race is now largely about the preservation of British tradition, recalling a time when thousands of these craft plied the River Thames, transporting cargo — coal, barley, rubbish — under red ocher sails. William Booth, Washington Post, 24 July 2023 Press the person’s skin (or sea lion skin, in a pinch) back on, and paint it with black manganese or, in later eras, red ocher. Maggie Shipstead Anthony Cotsifas, New York Times, 10 May 2023 That work revealed an unusual red ink based on a mixture of iron and lead compounds that had not been previously documented, although there is a reference in Pliny's Natural History to blending red ocher and lead white to make an orange-reddish pigment. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 At least 45,500 years old, archaeologists identified the warty pig in the artwork as such due to its hornlike protrusions; the red ocher-colored scene features three pigs altogether, with one possibly observing a fight between its two companions. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 10 Dec. 2021 Sketched in red ocher, the creatures dance on a cave wall on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Matthew Twombly, National Geographic, 8 Dec. 2021 The soil, stained by the red ocher, had to be gently sieved and was closely studied using electron microscopes and high-resolution images. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red ocher was in 1572

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“Red ocher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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