- a kind of earth containing oxides of manganese and iron, used as a pigment: raw umber is yellowish-brown; burnt, or calcined, umber is reddish-brown
- a yellowish-brown or reddish-brown color
Origin of umberFrench (terre d')ombre ; from Italian (terra d')ombra, literally , (earth of) shade, probably ; from Classical Latin umbra, a shade, shadow (but based on uncertain or unknown; perhaps Umbria)
of the color of raw umber or burnt umber
to color with or as with umber
- Now Dial. shade; shadow
- a common European grayling (Thymallus thymallus)
Origin of umberMiddle English ; from Old French umbre (Fr ombre) ; from Classical Latin umbra: see umber
- A natural brown earth containing ferric oxide and manganese oxides, used as pigment.
- Any of the shades of brown produced by umber in its various states.
- Of or related to umber.
- Having a brownish color.
transitive verbum·bered, um·ber·ing, um·bers
To darken with or as if with umber.
Origin of umberFrench (terre d') ombre or Italian (terra di) ombra, shadow (earth), both possibly from alteration (influenced by French ombre and Italian ombra, shadow) of Latin Umbria, Umbria.