or o·chre



any of a class of natural earths, mixtures of hydrated oxide of iron with various earthy materials, ranging in color from pale yellow to orange and red, and used as pigments.
the color of this, ranging from pale yellow to an orangish or reddish yellow.
Obsolete. money, especially gold coin.


of the color of ocher.

verb (used with object), o·chered, o·cher·ing.

to color or mark with ocher.

Nearby words

  1. ocellation,
  2. ocellus,
  3. ocelot,
  4. och,
  5. oche,
  6. ochlesis,
  7. ochlesitic,
  8. ochletic,
  9. ochlocracy,
  10. ochlocrat

Origin of ocher

1350–1400; Middle English oker < Old French ocre < Latin ōchrā < Greek ṓchrā yellow ocher

Related formso·cher·ous, o·cher·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ocher


noun, adjective, verb

the US spelling of ochre
Derived Formsocherous or ochery, adjectiveochroid (ˈəʊkrɔɪd), adjective

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Word Origin and History for ocher


see ochre.

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