from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dark brown ink or pigment originally prepared from the secretion of the cuttlefish.
- n. A drawing or picture done in this pigment.
- n. A photograph in a brown tint.
- n. A dark grayish yellow brown to dark or moderate olive brown.
- adj. Of the color sepia.
- adj. Done or made in sepia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The cuttlefish.
- n. A dark brown pigment made from the secretions of the cuttlefish.
- n. A dark, slightly reddish, brown colour.
- n. A sepia-coloured drawing or photograph.
- adj. Of a dark reddish-brown colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The common European cuttlefish.
- n. A genus comprising the common cuttlefish and numerous similar species. See Illustr. under cuttlefish.
- n. A pigment prepared from the ink, or black secretion, of the sepia, or cuttlefish. Treated with caustic potash, it has a rich brown color; and this mixed with a red forms Roman sepia. Cf. India ink, under India.
- adj. Of a dark brown color, with a little red in its composition; also, made of, or done in, sepia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A black secretion or ink produced by the cuttlefish; also, in the arts, a pigment prepared from this substance.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of cuttles, typical of the family Scpiidæ, and containing such species, as the common or officinal cuttle, S. officinalis. See also cuts under cuttlefish, Dibranchiata, and ink-bag.
- n. A cuttlefish.
- n. Cuttlebone: more fully called os sepiæ. It is an antacid, used in dentifrices, and given to canaries. See os and sepiost.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Sepiidae
- n. rich brown pigment prepared from the ink of cuttlefishes
- n. a shade of brown with a tinge of red
Middle English, cuttlefish, from Latin sēpia, cuttlefish, ink, from Greek sēpiā, cuttlefish; perhaps akin to sēpein, to make rotten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sepia, from Ancient Greek σηπία (sēpia, "cuttlefish"). (Wiktionary)