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.
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How to use umber in a sentence
Some painters have a great liking for siennas and umbers as body colors for sleigh work.Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting | Mayton Clarence Hillick
Shades are formed by the addition of the siennas, umbers, or black.Industrial Arts Design | William H. Varnum
The umbers are in the same class with the siennas and ochres.The Painter in Oil | Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
It contains, however, a lower percentage of the latter than in the case of umbers.Paint Technology and Tests | Henry A. Gardner
The older types of colouring matter—such as cadmium yellow, ochres, vermilion, umbers—have been superseded.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture | W. H. Simmons
British Dictionary definitions for umber
any of various natural brown earths containing ferric oxide together with lime and oxides of aluminium, manganese, and silicon: See also burnt umber
any of the dark brown to greenish-brown colours produced by this pigment
short for umber moth
shade or shadow
any dark, dusky, or indefinite colour
of, relating to, or stained with umber
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