ochre

[ oh-ker ]
/ ˈoʊ kər /

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

Related forms

o·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

Definition for ochring (2 of 2)

ocher

or o·chre

[ oh-ker ]
/ ˈoʊ kər /

noun

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.

adjective

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 forms

o·cher·ous, o·cher·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ochring (1 of 2)

ocher

/ (ˈəʊkə) /

noun, adjective, verb

the US spelling of ochre

Derived Forms

ocherous or ochery, adjectiveochroid (ˈəʊkrɔɪd), adjective

British Dictionary definitions for ochring (2 of 2)

ochre

US ocher

/ (ˈəʊkə) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to colour with ochre

Derived Forms

ochreous (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
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