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Definition of "ocher" [o•cher]

  • Any of several earthy mineral oxides of iron occurring in yellow, brown, or red and used as pigments. (noun)
  • A moderate orange yellow, from moderate or deep orange to moderate or strong yellow. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ocher" in a sentence
  • "These cave artisans had stones for pounding and grinding colorful dirt enriched with a kind of iron oxide to a powder, known as ocher."
  • "Single-storied, flat-roofed, baked to a sullen, ocher ugliness, the four long buildings radiating an angry, pitiless heat."
  • "This temple, with its massive pale-ocher shikhara (tower) and assemblage of domes, sits at the edge of a vast seascape glazed over with heat."