- See under umber(def 1).
- an earth consisting chiefly of a hydrated oxide of iron and some oxide of manganese, used in its natural state as a brown pigment (raw umber) or, after heating, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt umber).
- the color of such a pigment; dark dusky brown or dark reddish brown.
- Ichthyology. the European grayling, Thymallus thymallus.
- North England Dialect. shade; shadow.
- of the color umber.
- to color with or as if with umber.
Origin of umber
Examples from the Web for burnt umber
"Prout's Brown," a sort of fluent ink of a burnt-umber tint, will be found excellent for drawing purposes.
- of, relating to, or stained with umber
- a brown pigment obtained by heating umber
- a dark brown colour
Word Origin and History for burnt umber
brown earthy pigment, 1560s, from Middle French ombre (in terre d'ombre), or Italian ombra (in terra di ombra), both from either Latin umbra "shade, shadow" (see umbrage) or from Umbra, fem. of Umber "belonging to Umbria," region in central Italy from which the coloring matter first came. Burnt umber, specially prepared and redder in color, is attested from c.1650.