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noun, adjective, verb (used with object), o·chred, o·chring.
  1. ocher.
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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
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Examples from the Web for ochreous

Historical Examples of ochreous

  • The side next the sun is often dull brownish, or ochreous red.

    British Pomology

    Robert Hogg

  • The markings may be tinged with ochreous, or with red (Sheffield).

  • Slipper, ochreous yellow, dotted with crimson at top and netted with green.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • All the wings of this species are of a pale yellowish or ochreous grey.

    Butterflies and Moths

    William S. Furneaux

  • The side next the sun is often dingy, brownish, or ochreous red.

    American Pomology

    J. A. Warder

British Dictionary definitions for ochreous


US ocher

  1. 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
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  1. (tr) to colour with ochre
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ochreous



type of clayey soil (much used in pigments), late 14c., from Old French ocre (c.1300) and directly from Late Latin ocra, from Latin ochra, from Greek ochra, from ochros "pale yellow," of unknown origin. As a color name, "brownish-yellow," it is attested from mid-15c. Related: Ochreous.

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