Definition of umber:
- 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.
- 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.
- An umbrere.
- See Grayling, 1.
- To color with umber; to shade or darken; as, to umber over one's face.
Such a wealth of intense yet delicate reds of all hues, pink, crimson, and scarlet, sometimes passing into a flushed green, sometimes into an umber brown, I have never seen, not even in the autumn woods of North America, where, as on the mountain that overhangs Montreal, the forest is aflame with the glow of the maples.- "Impressions of South Africa", James Bryce.
- "The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1", Allan O. Hume.
- "Half a Century", Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm.