- an earth consisting chiefly of a hydrated oxide of iron and some oxide of manganese, used in its natural state as a brown pigment (raw umber) or, after heating, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt umber).
- the color of such a pigment; dark dusky brown or dark reddish brown.
- Ichthyology. the European grayling, Thymallus thymallus.
- North England Dialect. shade; shadow.
- of the color umber.
- to color with or as if with umber.
Origin of umber
Examples from the Web for umber
The people who live in this look as it painted in umber by old Dutch masters.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
You could almost, under the umber silk, see the rippling of his veins.The Imitator
The principal and most useful of these are—umber, terra di Sienna (both burnt and raw), Spanish brown, and some of the ochres.
They are of a grayish or buffy color spotted with umber and lilac.
The eggs are white or greenish white, specked with reddish brown and umber.
- of, relating to, or stained with umber
Word Origin and History for umber
brown earthy pigment, 1560s, from Middle French ombre (in terre d'ombre), or Italian ombra (in terra di ombra), both from either Latin umbra "shade, shadow" (see umbrage) or from Umbra, fem. of Umber "belonging to Umbria," region in central Italy from which the coloring matter first came. Burnt umber, specially prepared and redder in color, is attested from c.1650.