yellow ocher


: a mixture of limonite usually with clay and silica used as a pigment
: a moderate orange yellow

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An atmospheric painting of teal, tangerine and yellow ocher looks like light reflecting off clouds at sunset — a dappled abstraction that would be at home in Berkowitz’s or Gilliam’s studios. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 They were inspired by rich natural colors, including the earthy yellow ocher color of curry. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 Also on display is a copy of van Gogh’s Sunflowers, which depicts a vase filled with lurid blossoms painted in yellow ocher and Veronese green. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Aug. 2021 Squeeze about half a teaspoon of watercolor paint in yellow ocher onto a plate and add five dessert spoons’ worth of water. Alexa Brazilian, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2020 His palette ran to burnt umber, yellow ocher, burnt sienna, olive green. Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yellow ocher was in the 15th century

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“Yellow ocher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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