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(ō`kər), mixture of varying proportions of iron oxide and clay, used as a pigmentpigment,
substance that imparts color to other materials. In paint, the pigment is a powdered substance which, when mixed in the liquid vehicle, imparts color to a painted surface.
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. It occurs naturally as yellow ocher (yellow or yellow-brown in color), the iron oxide being limonite, or as red ocher, the iron oxide being hematite. Ocher grades into sienna, a yellow-brown pigment containing a higher percentage of iron ore than ocher as well as some manganese dioxide; sienna grades into umber, which is darker brown and contains a higher percentage of manganese dioxide. Burnt sienna is brown or bright red; burnt umber is a darker brown than umber. Ocher is produced in the United States, in France (French ocher being of a very high grade), and in some other parts of Europe. Italy is a leading producer of sienna and umber, and Cyprus of umber.
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a city and administrative center of Ocher Raion, Perm’ Oblast, RSFSR, located on the Ocher River, a tributary of the Kama. Terminus of a 23-km branch line originating at the Vereshchagino railroad station on the Kirov-Perm’ line. Population, 15,400 (1974). Ocher has a machine shop and a plant that produces pipelaying machines. It also has an industrial teachers technicum.

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A yellow, brown, or red earthy iron oxide, or any similar earthy, pulverulent metallic oxides used as pigments.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ocher, ochre

A naturally occurring yellow-brown hydrated iron oxide; used as a pigment in paint and a filler in linoleum.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(US), ocher
a. a moderate yellow-orange to orange colour
b. (as adjective): an ochre dress
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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One of the graves, at Russia's 24,000-year-old Sunghir site, contains a boy and a girl buried head to head, dusted in red ocher, and ornamented with thousands of ivory beads, fox-teeth pendants, and pierced antlers.
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The forestry and fairy-tale colors are muted pastels of mother of pearl, violet, green, pink and ocher. The palette is very much contemporary, but in 1903, when architects Henry Herts and Hugh Tallent designed the theater and the world's first Art Nouveau interior, it was very different from the theater of the day, which was full of golds and reds.