red ocher


Definition of red ocher

: a red earthy hematite used as a pigment

Examples of red ocher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A century or so later, during the Hell Gap occupation, Paleoindian people returned to the site and once again dug up red ocher. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 The now 88-year-old French-Brazilian archaeologist Niède Guidon first documented the exuberant red ocher cave drawings depicting hunters, prey, revelers and play in the 1960s. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 The team posits that someone applied a red ocher pigment around the injury, possibly for therapeutic or symbolic purposes. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2021 The 23-year-old’s body was dusted with red ocher, a pigment used by many ancient cultures in burial ceremonies. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 8 Sep. 2020 At least one reason, Meacham said, was to prospect and mine red ocher. Fox News, 7 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of red ocher

1572, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2022

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“Red ocher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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