sepia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Sepia type genus of the Sepiidae
    • n sepia a shade of brown with a tinge of red
    • n sepia rich brown pigment prepared from the ink of cuttlefishes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sepia (Zoöl) A genus comprising the common cuttlefish and numerous similar species. See Illustr. under Cuttlefish.
    • Sepia A pigment prepared from the ink, or black secretion, of the sepia, or cuttlefish. Treated with caustic potash, it has a rich brown color; and this mixed with a red forms Roman sepia. Cf. India ink, under India.
    • a Sepia Of a dark brown color, with a little red in its composition; also, made of, or done in, sepia.
    • Sepia (Zoöl) The common European cuttlefish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sepia A black secretion or ink produced by the cuttlefish; also, in the arts, a pigment prepared from this substance. The Sepia officinalis, common in the Mediterranean, is chiefly sought for the profusion of color which it affords. This secretion, which is insoluble in water, but extremely diffusible through it, is agitated in water to wash it, and then allowed slowly to subside, after which the water is poured off, and the black sediment is formed into cakes or sticks. In this form it is used as a common writing-ink in China, Japan, and India. When prepared with caustic lye it forms a beautiful brown color, with a fine grain, and has given name to a species of monochrome drawing extensively cultivated. See cuts under Dibranchiata, inkbag, belemnite, and Belemnitidæ .
    • n sepia [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of cuttles, typical of the family Scpiidæ, and containing such species, as the common or officinal cuttle, S. officinalis. See also cuts under cuttlefish, Dibranchiata, and ink-bag.
    • n sepia A cuttlefish.
    • n sepia Cuttlebone: more fully called os sepiæ. It is an antacid, used in dentifrices, and given to canaries. See os and sepiost.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sepia sē′pi-a a fine, brown pigment used as a water-colour—from the ink-bag of a few species of cuttle-fish: Indian or China ink: a genus of cuttle-fishes
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. the cuttlefish, or squid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. sēpia, the cuttle-fish.

Usage

In literature:

All derived from cuttle-fish varieties of sepia used for baits.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It was that summer, I think, that Whistler came to us and drew that series of sepia sketches that frames the big fireplace.
"Margarita's Soul" by Ingraham Lovell
When the plants dry the pileus is from a drab to hair brown or sepia color (Ridgeway's colors).
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The pupil is put in with sepia.
"Little Folks (December 1884)" by Various
These may be sepia-brown, bright yellowish-brown or light red.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
A drawing in sepia, by Debret, of Napoleon visiting the wounded on the field, after the battle of Eylau, 5 pounds 5s.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
Sepia drawing of St. Luke's.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
Sketches in Sepia and Chalk, partly original and partly selected.
"The Use of a Box of Colours" by Harry Willson
They secrete an inky fluid, which forms sepia.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
For example, the eye-color sepia is darker than the ordinary red.
"Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
The room, however, was illuminated by electric light and a row of sepia drawings hung on the wall.
"Johnstone of the Border" by Harold Bindloss
It stood nearly five feet in height by full nine in length, and its general colour was a greyish sepia brown.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
Sepia, Tyrian dye, etc.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
A portrait in sepia of Mrs. Reeves, done by Alfred Ward, hangs over a paneled door on the left.
"Notable Women Authors of the Day" by Helen C. Black
Ten Facsimiles of Original Studies in Sepia, by J. CALLOW, and numerous Illustrations in Pencil.
"Lessons in the Art of Illuminating" by W. J. Loftie
Thus we have a thin smooth and a thick rough paper for each Cold bath, Hot bath, and for Sepia printing.
"The Barnet Book of Photography" by Various
The cuts are printed in a kind of sepia-coloured distemper which can be easily wiped off by means of moisture.
"A Brief History of Wood-engraving from Its Invention" by Joseph Cundall
Also it would be quite easy to put sepia on one's face instead of rouge.
"Scarlet and Hyssop" by E. F. Benson
This sepia mark is water.
"The Burglars' Club" by Henry A. Hering
Quite white when young, becoming rose-coloured, sepia, and then black, from the margin upwards.
"Mushroom Culture" by W. Robinson
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In news:

They are united in "Sightlines," at Sepia International, and the differences appear to be pronounced.
Anne Kullaf holds her sepia-toned canvas toward her students, showing them the outline of a bucket of green apples.
Osteospermum 'Margarita Sepia' from Fides Oro.
So many snatches of the past two Grand Slam tournaments, in Paris at Roland Garros and the first week of The Championships at Wimbledon, have felt sepia toned.
The sepia tint makes everything pleasingly lo-fi too.
Via the app's page in the iTunes store, here's a before-and-after look at a sepia-toned photo being Normalized .
Beard-nominated Sepia provides a charming evening.
Delicious Sepia a hot ticket.
Sepia is a rich shade of brown, dark and alluring.
Sepia is the color of fine chocolates.
Now, Sepia is also the place to find fine chocolates.
I went outside to check the garden to find 4 of the same kind of butterfly in our sepia they were all beautiful and only one was camera shy.
All of Mr Cotton 's characters are flat cut-outs, finely rendered in sepia tones that detail their distinct aspects.
Chef Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia restaurant in Chicago's West Loop shares some favorite fall recipes.
Miners hang out in front of the Dewey mine in an old sepia-toned photograph on display at the Siskiyou County Museum.
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In science:

Table 1 shows which image manipulation operations can be implemented using Canvas, SVG or VML. Our prototype incorporates all the manipulations that are possible in all three languages plus sepia for Canvas and SVG.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
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