American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of ocher.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See ocher.
- n. An earth pigment containing silica, aluminum and ferric oxide
- n. A somewhat dark yellowish orange colour
- n. molecular biology, colloquial The stop codon sequence "UAA."
- adj. Having a yellow-orange colour.
- adj. archaeology Referring to cultures that covered their dead with ochre.
- v. to cover with ochre
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) See ocher.
- n. any of various earths containing silica and alumina and ferric oxide; used as a pigment
- n. a moderate yellow-orange to orange color
- adj. of a moderate orange-yellow color
- From Old French ocre and its source Latin ōchra, from Ancient Greek ὤχρα (ōkhra, "pale yellow"). (Wiktionary)
“E'en as a fresco one sees drawn on a wall, painted in ochre,”
“-- This alludes to the mode of taking the tithe of cattle, which were made to pass singly through a narrow gateway, where a person with a rod, dipped in ochre, stood, and counting them, marked the back of every tenth beast, whether male or female, sound or unsound.”
“But, while the people who shop at Walmart and Target make no bones about their purchases: Oprah books, self-help, Grisham, Dan Brown, Danielle Steel, Koontz, etc. (so those stores only stock those titles), those who shop at Indigo want to feel as though they’re of a certain “lifestyle” (so the store puts in couches and offers lattes) and colours the walls whatever yuppy ochre is current.”
“For the next five centuries the bodies were finished with red ochre, which is found in abundance near Arica.”
“Usually the hand is covered with red ochre, which is probably a substitute for blood; and the impression of the hand is made on the wall of a temple in token of a vow.”
“Burnt ochre, which is very serviceable in stucco work, is made as follows.”
“We shall first set forth the natural colours that are dug up as such, like yellow ochre, which is termed [Greek: ôchra] in Greek.”
“Such change cannot take place in ochre, which is altogether a mineral substance.”
“At Marni, the perennial home of the eccentric, unexpected combinations such as ochre Bermuda shorts, knee socks and reading spectacles recall "Little Edie" Beale.”
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