ochre

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ochre of a moderate orange-yellow color
    • n ochre a moderate yellow-orange to orange color
    • n ochre any of various earths containing silica and alumina and ferric oxide; used as a pigment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ochre (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.
    • Ochre (Min) A metallic oxide occurring in earthy form; as, tungstic ocher or tungstite.
    • n Ochre (Min) See Ocher.
    • Ochre 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 ochre See ocher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ochre ō′kėr a fine clay, mostly pale yellow, used for colouring walls, &c.:
    • n Ochre ō′kėr (slang) money, esp. gold
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ocre, L. ochra, fr. Gr. , from () pale, pale yellow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ochra—Gr. ōchraōchros, pale yellow.

Usage

In literature:

Here, some ochre and lamp-black, quick!
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
Mr Ochre wishes to be allowed to retouch it.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
The ochre is needed more particularly to warm the veridian.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
Some of the houses had alongside the doors signs in Greek, Iberian, or Latin, painted with red ochre.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The colours are composed of various ochres.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
Opal and wine-red, purple and ochre, splash the rocks with living hues of wonderful beauty.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The walls were colored with a red ochre wash somewhat duller than paint.
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
This was alive with wild forms, their red-ochre showing in contrast to the dark green of the foliage.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
Color, brown to ochre-yellow.
"The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis" by Frederick Hutton Getman
Fat and beaming, with her most terrible hat and a smudge of yellow ochre on her chin, Frieda came in.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
At other times salmon, pink, and purple tinges are seen, and ochre, saffron, and cinnamon brown.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
It is only a question of ochre, the principle's ditto all round.
"Punch, or the London Charivari. Volume 93, September 10, 1887" by Various
It was long known (since 1758) under the name nickel-ochre; the name annabergite was proposed by H.J.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
His neck changed from purple to a pasty ochre.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
The sky had taken on a deep red glow, as the low-lying clouds racing past reflected back the ochre hue of flames from fields in the south.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
The houses are neatly built of clay, coloured with red ochre, and frequently ornamented with rudely carved pillars.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
Then, turning your back on the glitter, you see the heavy browns and greens and ochres of the ruins once more.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
Not far from Norrala, situated about a mile from the last post-house, the water in the ditches deposits a thick sediment of ochre.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
The face and body were painted with red and white ochre and a blue stain.
"Dress design" by Talbot Hughes
The women smeared their bodies with grease and red ochre as an additional touch for full-dress occasions.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
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In poetry:

I've seen the paddocks all ablaze
When spring in golden glory comes,
The purple hills of summer days,
The autumn ochres through the gums;
"Come, Sing Australian songs to me!" by John O Brien
THE Thames nocturne of blue and gold
Changed to a Harmony in grey:
A barge with ochre-coloured hay
Dropt from the wharf: and chill and cold
"Impression Du Matin" by Oscar Wilde
And with its ochre heat it spread across
The village houses, and the nearby wood,
Upon my bed and on my dampened pillow
And to the corner where the bookcase stood.
"August" by Boris Pasternak
In course of time it struck all men that Jim
Was fast developing into a soaker—
The breath of palsy on his every limb,
A bleary face touched up with crimson ochre.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Then other perks and privileges happened such aa these;
The Minister controlling Rain and State Corroborees
Got all his ochre on the nod -- in other words, his clothes.
So portfolios were coveted, as you may well suppose.
"In The First Elective Ministry" by C J Dennis
I was particularly fond of talking to the night drivers, poor peasants from
the country round, who come to the capital with their little ochre-painted
sledges and wretched nags, in the hope of earning food for themselves and
rent for their masters.
"Masha" by Ivan Turgenev

In news:

Posey's latest small-space spectacle is his new play about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, portrayed by Ochre House regular Elizabeth Evans complete with fuzzy upper lip and black bird-wing eyebrows .
COLUMBUS – Golden Artist Colors certainly recognizes the importance of Yellow Ochre on your palette.
And a meta-painting depicting a scene of Munro 's studio and other paintings in the show, these only serve, in their tameness, to underline the intense, compelling perversity of Munro 's lapis and ochre phantasmagorias.
The Himba women of northern Namibia are famous for their use of otjize, a paste of butter, fat and red ochre, which they apply to their hair and skin.
It spent more than 40 years under and above the streets of New York, carrying far more than a million passengers within its ochre-painted steel walls.
Cavemen used stones to pound and grind earth containing a kind of iron oxide to a powder, known as ochre.
Virginia-based paint sleuths found a "light yellow ochre- colored stucco," a "light blue oil paint" and a "brick red oil paint.
Insert colours include red, blue, lime, white, orange, gray and ochre.
Contains Bob Ross 2" Brush, 1" Brush, Liner Brush, Large Painting Knife, Liquid Blue, Midnight Black, Dark Sienna, Van Dyke Brown, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Indian Yellow, Bright Red.
One of Japan's oldest porcelain manufacturers, Arita, hired Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings to design a minimalist tabletop collection using traditional Japanese glazes like yellow ochre and aquarelle blue.
Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.
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