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sepia

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noun se·pia \ ˈsē-pē-ə \

Definition of sepia

1 a :a brown melanin-containing pigment from the ink of cuttlefishes
b :the inky secretion of a cuttlefish
2 :a print or photograph of a brown color resembling sepia
3 :a brownish-gray to dark olive-brown color

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Origin and Etymology of sepia

Latin, cuttlefish, ink, from Greek sēpia

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sepia

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Definition of sepia

1 :made of or done in sepia
2 :of the color sepia

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First Known Use of sepia

1827

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SEPIA Defined for English Language Learners

sepia

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Definition of sepia for English Language Learners

  • : a reddish-brown color


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sepia

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noun se·pia \ ˈsē-pē-ə \

medical Definition of sepia

1 capitalized :a genus (the type of the family Sepiidae) of oval-bodied cephalopods that comprise the cuttlefishes and have a saclike organ containing a dark fluid and an internal shell mostly of calcium carbonate which has been used as an antacid and in tooth and polishing powders
2 :the inky secretion of a cuttlefish or a brown pigment from it

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