Meaning of ochre in English:

ochre

(US ocher)

Pronunciation /ˈəʊkə/

noun

mass noun
  • 1An earthy pigment containing ferric oxide, typically with clay, varying from light yellow to brown or red.

    with modifier ‘yellow ochre’
    • ‘The palette is severely limited: blacks, grays, browns, and the acidic yellow ochre of the faces.’
    • ‘A streak of yellow ochre holds a form together, but on perusal, it becomes a muscle, the features of a face or a spinal column.’
    • ‘But the traditional colours used for the art remain ochre red and yellow, shades of blue and white and black.’
    • ‘Elderly women still prefer red and dye their own cloth with ochre (a natural pigment).’
    • ‘The bank is steep ochre clay, water-scoured by spring floods and melt from the retreating glaciers to the east.’
    • ‘They smear their bodies with ochre, a reddish pigment extracted from iron ore.’
    • ‘Each painting is created using traditional ochre and natural pigments.’
    • ‘Materials we have seen include fine clay, ochre, and, especially, charcoal.’
    • ‘Painting skin, stones, or twigs with clay or red ochre.’
    • ‘Each footstep raised a small cloud of dusty ochre Virginia clay, turning the olive drab of my fatigues a rusty red.’
    • ‘Visual entry to the central space is impeded by two thin horizontal lines in ocher and charcoal.’
    • ‘We get the red ochre by cooking the yellow over a fire.’
    • ‘Today, their thick white walls and ocher terracotta roofs stand out from the lush green rain forest that surrounds them.’
    • ‘He prepares red ocher, the most holy of pigments, a token of life.’
    • ‘The most traditional way of coloring the runes would be with red ocher.’
    • ‘The Aztec courtesans used a pale yellow ochre powder on their faces to make them look beautiful.’
    • ‘Décor is mostly soft ochre and saffron in colour, with contemporary furniture.’
    • ‘The tunic, jerkin and pleated skirt she was wearing were in shades of red: from almost brownish ochre to bright red trim.’
    • ‘Devout persons, offering sacrifices of fruit, yak butter or flowers, touch and kiss the idol, which is tinted with red ochre.’
    • ‘She might have finished the look with saffron eye shadow and lip balm tinted with ocher and alkanet root.’
    1. 1.1A pale brownish yellow colour.
      ‘But the water is ochre in colour and tastes bitter.’
      • ‘Spore prints can be ochre in colour but difficult to obtain.’
      • ‘The walls are freshly painted in strong colours from yellow to ochre, or pink and bright blue.’
      • ‘It is a triangular piece of ochre or saffron coloured cloth with the Khanda emblem in the middle.’
      • ‘It will be a warm, ochre colour, not a deep shade, more golden than brown.’
      • ‘When the first Aurovilians arrived, they were confronted with a parched barren ochre coloured landscape.’
      • ‘Chickpeas are almost always sold in dried form, whether split or not, and are of an ochre or pale brown colour in this form.’
      • ‘A beautiful ceramic pot is always a lovely surprise; current designer colours in yellow, mauve, red, ochre and white are terrific.’
      • ‘The concrete is coloured a warm ochre that recalls the traditional earthy hues of Toledo's buildings.’
      • ‘What a strange ritual, I mused as the last of the drink seeped into the ground, producing an interesting ochre colour.’
      • ‘The hues, one to a box, ranged widely, including signal red, cadmium blue and yellow ocher.’
      • ‘Her ocher splotch and muted browns matched the castle.’
      • ‘The white sky and weedy ocher landscape have the blurry quality of an out-of-focus photograph.’
      • ‘My skin is pink and my yellow hair turned ochre from the force of it.’
      • ‘On the other, artists from the Kimberley region in the northwest use dots sparingly to outline broad areas of ochre color.’
      • ‘The landscape was colored mainly in dark ocher, with occasional areas in malachite green.’
      • ‘I used a mixture of green, sienna, brown and ochre.’
      • ‘To his eye, the blue looked right, and that color prompted him to paint a neighboring square yellow ochre, and so on.’
      • ‘The head is flanked on each side by a solitary and disheveled palm tree painted in dirty grays and yellow ochre.’
      • ‘Their stormy, nocturnal pigments of brown, rust, orange and ocher, mixed with black and white, seem to thicken like wet sand.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French ocre, via Latin from Greek ōkhra ‘yellow ochre’.