sinopia

noun
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) \

Definition of sinopia

1 : a red to reddish-brown earth pigment used by the ancients that depends for its color on its content of red ferric oxide
2 : a preliminary drawing for a fresco done in sinopia

First Known Use of sinopia

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sinopia

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

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The first known use of sinopia was in 1844

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“Sinopia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinopia. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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