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Umber

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Úmber. n.s.

  1. Umber is a sad colour; which grind with gum-water, and lighten it with a little ceruse, and a shive of saffron. Peacham.

    I'll put myself in poor and mean attire,
    And with a kind of umber smirch my face.
    Shakespeare.

    Umbre is very sensible and earthy; there is nothing but pure black which can dispute with it. Dryden.

    The umbres, ochres, and minerals found in the fissures, are much finer than those found in the strata. Woodward.

  2. A fish. [thymallus, Lat.]

    The umber and grayling differ as the herring and pilcher do: but though they may do so in other nations, those in England differ nothing but in their names. Walt. Angler.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Dryden, John (788) · Peacham, Henry (53) · Walton, Izaak (10) · Woodward, John (78)

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