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 He had been ceremoniously buried; his hands were folded over the pelvis and traces of red ocher enveloped him from cranium to loin. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The mining tribe resembles the Himba of Namibia, known for their red ocher body paint and leather headpieces. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "The Afrofuturistic Designs of ‘Black Panther’," 23 Feb. 2018 One large wooden face is fierce with marks from the mineral pigment red ocher. Lisa Demer, Alaska Dispatch News, "Hidden home hundreds of years old unearthed as Quinhagak readies cultural center," 3 Sep. 2017 Likely the oldest color in the spectrum, red ocher was the first pigment to be used in cave paintings, and its been associated with nobility, revolutionaries, prostitutes, and popes. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Red Is Best When It’s Worn Head-to-Toe," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of red ocher

1572, in the meaning defined above

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“Red ocher.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20ocher. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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