Umber definition

ŭmbər
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Any of the shades of brown produced by umber in its various states.
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Of or related to umber.
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Having a brownish color.
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To darken with or as if with umber.
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A natural brown earth containing ferric oxide and manganese oxides, used as pigment.
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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.
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A yellowish-brown or reddish-brown color.
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Of the color of raw umber or burnt umber.
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To color with or as with umber.
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(now dial.) Shade; shadow.
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A common European grayling (Thymallus thymallus)
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A brown clay, somewhat darker than ochre, which contains iron and manganese oxides.

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Alternative form of umbrere.
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A dusky brown African wading bird (Scopus umbretta) allied to the storks and herons.
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Of a reddish brown colour, like that of the pigment.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
umber
Plural:
umbers

Origin of umber

  • French (terre d') ombre or Italian (terra di) ombra shadow (earth) both possibly from alteration (influenced by French ombre) (Italian ombra shadow) of Latin Umbria Umbria

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition