[ oh-ker ]
/ ˈoʊ kər /

noun, adjective, verb (used with object), o·chred, o·chring.

Nearby words

  1. ochoa, severo,
  2. ochone,
  3. ochozath,
  4. ochozias,
  5. ochratoxin,
  6. ochrea,
  7. ochreous,
  8. ochroid,
  9. ochrometer,
  10. ochronosis

Related formso·chre·ous [oh-ker-uh s, oh-kree-uh s] /ˈoʊ kər əs, ˈoʊ kri əs/, o·chrous [oh-kruh s] /ˈoʊ krəs/, o·chry [oh-kree] /ˈoʊ kri/, adjective


or o·chre

[ oh-ker ]
/ ˈoʊ kər /


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.

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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US ocher

/ (ˈəʊkə) /


any of various natural earths containing ferric oxide, silica, and alumina: used as yellow or red pigments
  1. a moderate yellow-orange to orange colour
  2. (as adjective)an ochre dress


(tr) to colour with ochre
Derived Formsochreous (ˈəʊkrɪəs, ˈəʊkərəs), ochrous (ˈəʊkrəs), ochry (ˈəʊkərɪ, ˈəʊkrɪ), US ocherous or ochery, adjectiveochroid (ˈəʊkrɔɪd), adjective

Word Origin for ochre

C15: from Old French ocre, from Latin ōchra, from Greek ōkhra, from ōkhros pale yellow


/ (ˈəʊkə) /

noun, adjective, verb

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

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Word Origin and History for ochre
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