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ocher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ocher of a moderate orange-yellow color
    • n ocher a moderate yellow-orange to orange color
    • n ocher any of various earths containing silica and alumina and ferric oxide; used as a pigment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ocher (Min) A impure earthy ore of iron or a ferruginous clay, usually red (hematite) or yellow (limonite), -- used as a pigment in making paints, etc. The name is also applied to clays of other colors.
    • Ocher (Min) A metallic oxide occurring in earthy form; as, tungstic ocher or tungstite.
    • Ocher The color of ocher{1}, varying around orange, from more yellowish to more reddish in tint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ocher The common name of an important class or natural earths consisting of mixtures of the hydrated sesquioxids of iron with various earthy materials, principally silica and alumina. These mixtures occur in many localities and have many shades of color, among which tints of red, reddish brown, yellow, and orange are most common. They form a series of valuable and important pigments, used extensively alike by house-painters and artists both in oil and in water-colors. The most usual and common type of ocher-color is a yellow turning neither to red on the one hand nor to brown on the other, but its tone is not as brilliant nor as pure as chrome-yellow. (For varieties, see below.) Ochers in general have much body and are very permanent. Most ochers on burning become redder and darker. Raw sienna and raw umber are varieties of ocher.
    • n ocher Money, especially gold coin: so called in allusion to its color.
    • n ocher A metallic oxid which occurs in the form of an earthy powder or easily crumbled mass: as antimony ocher; bismuth ocher; tungstic ocher.
    • ocher To mark or stain with ocher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ocher . See Ochre.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ocre, L. ochra, fr. Gr., from () pale, pale yellow

Usage

In literature:

And over all lay a sickly, pallid ocher light through which the scourged clouds raced.
"Jungle Tales of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The unpainted wooden walls, the furniture, and the floors colored with yellow ocher smelt of dry wood baked by the sun.
"The Schoolmistress and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
Every feature was sharp and the colors were vivid; ocher, green, and silver gleaming with light.
"The Girl From Keller's" by Harold Bindloss
Two were killed at Sainte-Roure, three at Ocheres, one at Beage.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
A Christlike man in the ocher robes of a swami stood motionless at the end of the road.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
It was a brownish ocher and turned his skin to the copperish hue of the Indian.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
But that ocher and gold became more brilliant yet as the torches of the Salariki set blazing up far floating patches of scum.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
She shall be veiled to her eyes, with a bit of ocher on her forehead.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
The sky was opaque with it; it had thickened the red-browns and yellows to ocher and pale shades of putty.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
It is made of roots and red ocher.
"The Mide'wiwin or "Grand Medicine Society" of the Ojibwa" by Walter James Hoffman
There's no ocher streak in you.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
The mucous membranes turn a deep ocher or bluish-red color.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
These lumps are full of holes which are filled with ocher.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
The ocher desert was scattered with sparse clumps of reddish, spiky scrub.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
Everywhere the trees are a riot of scarlet and ocher, the scrubby bushes are shedding their leaves.
"Competition" by James Causey
Paint them well with ocher before using; they will last longer.
"The Apple" by Various
About it the rocks were at intervals green with moss, and showed here and there heavy ocherous water stain.
"The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
They're having trouble getting the ocher.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Dust was ingrained into his skin, like an ocher pigment; his throat and brows were moist with perspiration.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
An ocher-colored cone of hair rises from her head sometimes as high as 10 inches.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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In news:

Oceanic, Irian Jaya (New Guinea), between the Asewetsj and Siretsj rivers 20th century Wood, lime, charcoal, ocher, and fiber 18 ft. (548.6 cm) The Michael C Rockefeller Memorial Collection Bequest of Nelson A Rockefeller Acquired in 1979.
Scientists say ocher tool kits date back 100,000 years.
Throughout history ocher has been used for art and adornment.
His hands tell a tale of the land, palms armored by checker-sized callouses, fingernails burnished by the ocher soil of these northern steppes.
Between trees, catch glimpses of Oak Creek Canyon's ocher walls.
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