Today is the first day of autumn

Word of the Day – Friday, September 23rd



Word of the Day


Clever Clue of the Month

The Cruciverbalist


Daily Email

OCHER (OH-kuhr)

A moderate yellow-orange or orange color or pigment

Related crosswordese: OCHRE

Common clues: Earthy pigment; Reddish clay; Fall color; Yellowish earth tone; Earth tone; Autumn color; Paint pigment; Reddish yellow; Turning-leaf pigment

Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year

Frequency in English language: (ochre) 27478 / 86800

News: Azure & Ochre – Birgu art exhibition by C.S. Lawrence

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus

Ochre or Ocher (pronounced OAK-ur, from the Greek ochros, yellow) is a color, usually described as golden-yellow or light yellow brown.

Ocher rooftops of Peille, France

As a painting pigment it exists in at least three forms:

  • yellow ochre, Fe2O3H2O, a hydrated Iron oxide

  • red ochre, Fe2O3, chemically identical to yellow ochre, but reddened through heating

  • brown ochre (Goethite), also partly hydrated iron oxide (rust)

For further information, see the articles on the individual ochres.

All ochres are non-toxic, and can be used to make oil paints that dry quickly and cover surfaces thoroughly. They are found throughout the world in many shades. Many sources consider the best brown ochre to come from Cyprus, and the best yellow and red ochre from Roussillon, France. All are prehistoric, and are some of oldest pigments used.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ochre".