Sepia drawing
Sepia Se"pi*a, n.; pl. E. {Sepias}, L. {Sepi[ae]}. [L., fr. Gr. ??? the cuttlefish, or squid.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The common European cuttlefish. (b) A genus comprising the common cuttlefish and numerous similar species. See Illustr. under {Cuttlefish}. [1913 Webster]

2. A pigment prepared from the ink, or black secretion, of the sepia, or cuttlefish. Treated with caustic potash, it has a rich brown color; and this mixed with a red forms {Roman sepia}. Cf. {India ink}, under {India}. [1913 Webster]

{Sepia drawing} or {Sepia picture}, a drawing in monochrome, made in sepia alone, or in sepia with other brown pigments. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sepia — Se pi*a, n.; pl. E. {Sepias}, L. {Sepi[ae]}. [L., fr. Gr. ??? the cuttlefish, or squid.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The common European cuttlefish. (b) A genus comprising the common cuttlefish and numerous similar species. See Illustr. under {Cuttlefish} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sepia picture — Sepia Se pi*a, n.; pl. E. {Sepias}, L. {Sepi[ae]}. [L., fr. Gr. ??? the cuttlefish, or squid.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The common European cuttlefish. (b) A genus comprising the common cuttlefish and numerous similar species. See Illustr. under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sepia — rich brown pigment, 1821, from It. seppia cuttlefish (borrowed with that meaning in English by 1560s), from L. sepia cuttlefish, from Gk. sepia, related to sepein to make rotten (Cf. SEPSIS (Cf. sepsis)). The color was that of brown paint or ink… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sepia — [sē′pē ə] n. [ModL, name of a genus of cuttlefishes < L, the cuttlefish < Gr sēpia < sēpein, to cause to rot (from the inky fluid emitted), akin to sapros, rotten] 1. a dark brown pigment prepared from the inky fluid secreted by… …   English World dictionary

  • sepia — ► NOUN 1) a reddish brown colour, associated particularly with early monochrome photographs. 2) a brown pigment prepared from cuttlefish ink, used in drawing and in watercolours. 3) cuttlefish ink. ORIGIN Greek, cuttlefish …   English terms dictionary

  • sepia — sepialike, adj. sepic /see pik, sep ik/, adj. /see pee euh/, n. 1. a brown pigment obtained from the inklike secretion of various cuttlefish and used with brush or pen in drawing. 2. a drawing made with this pigment. 3. a dark brown. 4. Photog. a …   Universalium

  • sepia — se•pi•a [[t]ˈsi pi ə[/t]] n. pl. pi•as, adj. 1) fia a brown pigment obtained from the secretion of various cuttlefish and used in drawing 2) fia a drawing made with sepia 3) a dark brown 4) pht a print or photograph made in this color 5) of a… …   From formal English to slang

  • sepia — /ˈsipiə / (say seepeeuh) noun 1. a brown pigment obtained from the ink like secretion of various cuttlefish, and used with brush or pen in drawing. 2. a drawing made with sepia. 3. a dark brown. 4. Photography an image with a brownish tone… …   Australian English dictionary

  • drawing — /draw ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that draws. 2. a graphic representation by lines of an object or idea, as with a pencil; a delineation of form without reference to color. 3. a sketch, plan, or design, esp. one made with pen, pencil …   Universalium

  • sepia — n. 1 a dark reddish brown colour. 2 a a brown pigment prepared from a black fluid secreted by cuttlefish, used in monochrome drawing and in water colours. b a brown tint used in photography. 3 a drawing done in sepia. 4 the fluid secreted by… …   Useful english dictionary

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