sinopia

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noun si·no·pia \sə-ˈnō-pē-ə\

Definition of sinopia

plural

sinopias

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sinopie

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  1. 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. 2 :  a preliminary drawing for a fresco done in sinopia

Origin and Etymology of sinopia

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


First Known Use: 1844


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