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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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Historical Examples

  • The ochry variety or red-iron-ochre is distinguished from the solid hematite by the brightness of its colour.

    A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines

    Andrew Ure

  • The ochry earths are prepared for use by grinding under edge millstones, and elutriation.

  • Their heads have always black about them; but the rest is brindled, buff, ochry, or white.

British Dictionary definitions for ochry


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

C15: from Old French ocre, from Latin ōchra, from Greek ōkhra, from ōkhros pale yellow
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Word Origin and History for ochry



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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