sepia definition by Webster's New World
- a dark-brown pigment prepared from the inky fluid secreted by cuttlefish
- a dark reddish-brown color
- a drawing or photographic print in this color
Origin: Modern Latin name of a genus of cuttlefishes ; from Classical Latin the cuttlefish ; from Classical Greek sēpia ; from sēpein, to cause to rot (from the inky fluid emitted), akin to sapros, rotten
- of sepia
- dark reddish-brown
sepia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A dark brown ink or pigment originally prepared from the secretion of the cuttlefish.b. A drawing or picture done in this pigment.c. A photograph in a brown tint.
- A dark grayish yellow brown to dark or moderate olive brown.
- Of the color sepia.
- Done or made in sepia.
Origin: Middle English, cuttlefish, from Latin sēpia, cuttlefish, ink, from Greek sēpiā, cuttlefish; perhaps akin to sēpein, to make rotten.