si·​no·​pia sə-ˈnō-pē-ə How to pronounce sinopia (audio)
plural sinopias or sinopie sə-ˈnō-pē-ˌā How to pronounce sinopia (audio)
: a red to reddish-brown earth pigment used by the ancients that depends for its color on its content of red ferric oxide
: a preliminary drawing for a fresco done in sinopia

Word History


Italian, from Latin sinopis, from Greek sinōpis, from Sinōpē Sinop, ancient seaport in Asia Minor

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sinopia was in 1844

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“Sinopia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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