What does umber mean?

Definitions for umberˈʌm bər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. umber(noun)

    an earth pigment

  2. chocolate, coffee, deep brown, umber, burnt umber(adj)

    a medium brown to dark-brown color

  3. umber(adj)

    of the color of any of various natural brown earth pigments


  1. umber(Adjective)

    (colour) of a reddish brown colour, like that of the pigment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Umber(noun)

    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. Umber(noun)

    an umbrere

  3. Umber(noun)

    see Grayling, 1

  4. Umber(noun)

    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

  5. Umber(adj)

    of or pertaining to umber; resembling umber; olive-brown; dark brown; dark; dusky

  6. Umber(verb)

    to color with umber; to shade or darken; as, to umber over one's face


  1. Umber

    Umber is a natural brown clay pigment that contains iron and manganese oxides. The color becomes more intense when calcined, and the resulting pigment is called burnt umber. Its name derives from the Latin word umbra and was originally extracted in Umbria, a mountainous region of central Italy, but it is found in many parts of the world. Some of the finest umber comes from Cyprus. It has been used as a pigment since prehistoric times. Umber is not one precise color, but a range of different colors, from medium to dark, from yellowish to reddish to grayish. The color of the natural earth depends upon the amount of iron oxide and manganese in the clay. Commercial colors vary depending upon the manufacturer or the color list. Not all pigments contain natural earths; many contain synthetic colorants, named on the labels. The Italian versions of natural umber and burnt umber are more reddish than some American versions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Umber

    um′bėr, n. a brown earthy mineral used as a pigment.—adjs. Um′bered, tinged with umber; Um′bery, relating to, or like, umber. [Umbria.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of umber in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of umber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Wolfe:

    Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird.

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