Word of the Day – Thursday, June 2nd



Word of the Day


Clever Clue of the Month

The Cruciverbalist


Daily Email

SEPIA (SEE-pee-uh)

A dark brown ink or pigment
Common clues:
Dark brown ink; Brown tint; Old photo color; Photo tone; Retro photo; Old-timey tone
Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year
Frequency in English language: 34135 / 86800
Video: Civil War photos

Sepia is a rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish, and it is also the name of a dark brown-grey color.

Sepia was commonly used as writing ink in classical times. In the last quarter of the 18th century, Professor Jacob Seydelmann of Dresden developed a process to extract and produce a more concentrated form for use in watercolors and oil paints.

Sepia is also favored in photography; the color can be obtained with a gold toning bath. The reddishness we nostalgically associate with sepia is actually the result of fading over time. Consequently, sepia has become a very vaguely defined term.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sepia (color)".