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umber

noun um·ber \ ˈəm-bər \

Definition of umber

1 :a brown earth that is darker in color than ocher and sienna because of its content of manganese and iron oxides and is highly valued as a permanent pigment either in the raw or burnt state
2 a :a moderate to dark yellowish brown
b :a moderate brown

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The mineral deposits of Italy provided sources of a number of natural pigments, among them umber. Since the late Renaissance, umber has been in great demand as a coloring agent. When crushed and mixed with paint, it produces an olive color known as raw umber; when crushed and burnt, it produces a darker tone known as burnt umber.

Origin and Etymology of umber

probably from obsolete English, shade, color, from Middle English ombre, umbre shade, shadow, from Anglo-French, from Latin umbra — more at umbrage


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umber

verb

Definition of umber

umbered; umbering play \ˈəm-b(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
:to darken with or as if with umber

First Known Use of umber

1610


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umber

adjective

Definition of umber

:of, relating to, or having the characteristics of umber; specifically :of the color of umber

First Known Use of umber

1802


UMBER Defined for English Language Learners

umber

noun

Definition of umber for English Language Learners

  • : a dark, yellowish brown color


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