Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to ocher; consisting of or containing ocher: as, ocherous matter. Also ochrous.
- Resembling ocher in color; specifically, in zoology and botany, ol a brownish-yellow color; light-yellow with a tinge of brown.
- adj. US Alternative form of ochrous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to ocher; containing or resembling ocher
“The eyes were open—grotesquely oversize in his emaciated face, and bright yellow, the pupils as small as pinpricks—from which dribbled ocherous tears the consistency of curd.”
“Apparently the piece had then been placed in the hands of some person of infinite leisure equipped with a pot of ocherous paint, varnish, and a set of flexible combs.”
“Powered forever by the inexhaustible Sun, impervious to the cold, Sojourner may to this day be wearing grooves in that ocherous desert floor.”
“It is only a little village, composed of about twenty houses, grouped on a slightly undulating bank, formed of ocherous earth and clay.”
“These small torpedoes were, of course, neither waterlogged double coronas jettisoned by a listing Cuban freighter nor a species of blind Amazon trout but, rather, a sampling of the ocherous projectiles fired into the river night and day from the fundaments of Pucallpa.”
“Desert reached subtly colored to ocherous cliffs afar.”
“Beyond glimmered the pale strata, then layers again ocherous, on to the final heights.”
“Waned slightly past half phase, the curves of it limned a blue and white marbling, an ocherous blur that was land, a luminance that lingered for a moment after you looked away from it as a dream may linger when first you awaken.”
“The station house was a frame building in a grove of ocherous-glowing fruit trees.”
“It was a dwarf planet, an ocherous pebble that would not make a decent splash if it fell into one of the gas giants.”
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