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ochre (n.)

type of clayey soil (much used in pigments), late 14c., from Old French ocre (c. 1300) and directly from Late Latin ocra, from Latinochra, from Greek ōkhra, from ōkhros "pale yellow," a word of unknown origin. As a color name, "brownish-yellow," it is attested from mid-15c. Related: Ochreous.

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