- 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.
- to color or mark with ocher.
Origin of ocher
1350–1400; Middle English oker < Old French ocre < Latin ōchrā < Greek ṓchrā yellow ocher
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Examples from the Web for ocherous
He could see masses of vividly green forest; vast expanses of bare, cracked, ocherous desert; wastes of smooth blue ocean.
For a considerable time, nothing save barren, ocherous desert was in view.
Pottery burned with sage or grease-wood was firm, light gray unless of ocherous clay, less cloudy than if ash-baked, yet mottled.A Study of Pueblo Pottery as Illustrative of Zuñi Culture Growth.
Frank Hamilton Cushing
- the US spelling of ochre
Word Origin and History for ocherous
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