I. noun Etymology: probably from obsolete English, shade, color, from Middle English ombre, umbre shade, shadow, from Anglo-French, from Latin umbra — more at umbrage Date: 1568 1. a brown earth that is darker in color than ocher and sienna because of its content of manganese and iron oxides and is highly valued as a permanent pigment either in the raw or burnt state 2. a. a moderate to dark yellowish brown b. a moderate brown II. transitive verb (umbered; umbering) Date: 1610 to darken with or as if with umber III. adjective Date: 1802 of, relating to, or having the characteristics of umber; specifically of the color of umber

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  • Umber — 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, {Umbrage}.] 1. (Paint.) A brown or reddish pigment used in both oil and water colors,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Umber — is a natural brown clay pigment which contains iron and manganese oxides. The color becomes more intense when calcined (heated), and the resulting pigment is called burnt umber. Its name derives from the Latin word umbra (shadow) and was… …   Wikipedia

  • umber — umber1 [um′bər] n. [Fr (terre d )ombre < It (terra d )ombra, lit., (earth of) shade, prob. < L umbra, a shade, shadow (but based on ? UMBRIA)] 1. a kind of earth containing oxides of manganese and iron, used as a pigment: raw umber is… …   English World dictionary

  • Umber — Um ber, a. Of or pertaining to umber; resembling umber; olive brown; dark brown; dark; dusky. [1913 Webster] Their harps are of the umber shade That hides the blush of waking day. J. R. Drake. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Umber — Um ber, v. t. To color with umber; to shade or darken; as, to umber over one s face. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • umber — brown earthy pigment, 1560s, from M.Fr. ombre (in terre d ombre), or It. ombra (in terra di ombra), both from either L. umbra shade, shadow (see UMBRAGE (Cf. umbrage)) or from Umbra, fem. of Umber belonging to Umbria, region in central Italy from …   Etymology dictionary

  • umber — ► NOUN ▪ a natural pigment, normally dark yellowish brown in colour (raw umber) or dark brown when roasted (burnt umber). ORIGIN from French terre d ombre, earth of shadow , from Latin umbra shadow or Umbra Umbrian …   English terms dictionary

  • Umber — steht für: Verschiedene Fische aus der Familie der Umberfische, insbesondere Angehörige der Gattung Umbrina und den Gewöhnlichen Umber (Umbrina cirrosa) Den Farbstoff Umbra Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Umber — Umber, Bastard vom europäischen Mufflon mit dem Hausschaf; s. Schaf, S. 672 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Umber — Umber, S. Umbra …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

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