burnt sienna

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Origin of burnt sienna

First recorded in 1835–45


  1. a ferruginous earth used as a yellowish-brown pigment (raw sienna) or, after roasting in a furnace, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt sienna).
  2. the color of such a pigment.

Origin of sienna

1750–60; < Italian (terra di) Sien(n)a (earth of) Siena
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Related Words for burnt sienna

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British Dictionary definitions for burnt sienna


  1. a natural earth containing ferric oxide used as a yellowish-brown pigment when untreated (raw sienna) or a reddish-brown pigment when roasted (burnt sienna)
  2. the colour of this pigmentSee also burnt sienna

Word Origin for sienna

C18: from Italian terra di Siena earth of Siena

burnt sienna

  1. a reddish-brown dye or pigment obtained by roasting raw sienna in a furnace
  2. a dark reddish-orange to reddish-brown colour
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Word Origin and History for burnt sienna


city in central Italy, probably from Senones, the name of a Gaulish people who settled there in ancient times. Related: Sienese. The brownish-ochre color (1760) is from Italian terra di Sienna "earth of Siena," where the coloring material first was produced.

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