from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of ocher.
  • noun Usury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) See ocher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy Alternative form of ocher.
  • noun Interest on money; usury; increase.
  • verb transitive To increase (in price); add to.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English oker, okur, okir, okyr, ocker, from Old Norse ókr ("usury"), from Proto-Germanic *wōkraz (“progeny, earnings, profit”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg- (“to add, increase”). Cognate with Scots ocker ("usury"), Icelandic ókur ("usury"), Swedish ocker ("usury"), German Wucher ("usury, profiteering, racket"), Dutch woeker ("usury"), Old English wōcor ("increase, growth, fruit, usury"), Gothic  (wōkrs, "interest, usury, tax"), Latin augere ("to increase"). More at eke, wax.


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