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Meaning of UMBER

Pronunciation:  'umbur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a medium to dark brown color
  2. [n]  an earth pigment
  3. [adj]  of the color of any of various natural brown earth pigments

UMBER is a 5 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: burnt umber, chocolate, chromatic, coffee, deep brown
 See Also: brown, brownness, burnt umber, earth color, raw umber



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Um"ber\, n. [F. ombre ocherous ore of iron, terre
    d'ombre, It. terra d'ombra, literally, earth of shadow or
    shade, L. umbra shadow, shade. Cf. {Umber}, 3 & 4,
    1. (Paint.) A brown or reddish pigment used in both oil and
       water colors, obtained from certain natural clays
       variously colored by the oxides of iron and manganese. It
       is commonly heated or burned before being used, and is
       then called {burnt umber}; when not heated, it is called
       {raw umber}. See {Burnt umber}, below.
    2. An umbrere. [Obs.]
    3. [F. ombre, umbre, L. umbra.] (Zo["o]l.) See {Grayling}, 1.
    4. [Cf. NL. scopus umbretta, F. ombrette; probably fr. L.
       umbra shade, in allusion to its dark brown color. See
       {Umber} a pigment.] (Zo["o]l.) An African wading bird
       ({Scopus umbretta}) allied to the storks and herons. It is
       dull dusky brown, and has a large occipital crest. Called
       also {umbrette}, {umbre}, and {umber bird}.
    {Burnt umber} (Paint.), a pigment made by burning raw umber,
       which is changed by this process from an olive brown to a
       bright reddish brown.
    {Cologne}, or {German}, {umber}, a brown pigment obtained
       from lignite. See {Cologne earth}.
  2. \Um"ber\, a.
    Of or pertaining to umber; resembling umber; olive-brown;
    dark brown; dark; dusky.
          Their harps are of the umber shade That hides the blush
          of waking day.                           --J. R. Drake.
  3. \Um"ber\, v. t.
    To color with umber; to shade or darken; as, to umber over
    one's face. --B. Jonson.