Definition of Sepia

1. Noun. A shade of brown with a tinge of red.

Exact synonyms: Burnt Sienna, Mahogany, Reddish Brown, Venetian Red
Generic synonyms: Brown, Brownness
Specialized synonyms: Brick Red, Copper, Copper Color, Indian Red

2. Noun. Rich brown pigment prepared from the ink of cuttlefishes.
Generic synonyms: Pigment

3. Noun. Type genus of the Sepiidae.
Exact synonyms: Genus Sepia
Generic synonyms: Mollusk Genus
Group relationships: Family Sepiidae, Sepiidae
Member holonyms: Cuttle, Cuttlefish

Definition of Sepia

1. n. The common European cuttlefish.

2. a. Of a dark brown color, with a little red in its composition; also, made of, or done in, sepia.

Definition of Sepia

1. Noun. (archaic) The cuttlefish. ¹

2. Noun. A dark brown pigment made from the secretions of the cuttlefish. ¹

3. Noun. (colour) A dark, slightly reddish, brown colour. ¹

4. Noun. A sepia-coloured drawing or photograph. ¹

5. Adjective. (colour) Of a dark reddish-brown colour. ¹

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Definition of Sepia

1. a brown pigment [n -S] : SEPIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Sepia

1. Origin: L, fr. Gr. The cuttlefish, or squid. 1. The common European cuttlefish. A genus comprising the common cuttlefish and numerous similar species. 2. A pigment prepared from the ink, or black secretion, of the sepia, or cuttlefish. Treated with caustic potash, it has a rich brown colour; and this mixed with a red forms Roman sepia. Cf. India ink, under India. Sepia drawing or picture, a drawing in monochrome, made in sepia alone, or in sepia with other brown pigments. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sepia

sepia (current term)
sepiapterin synthase

Literary usage of Sepia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"Th6 species most commonly found in the seas of Europe, sepia officinalis, L.; ... In the hind part of the body, which is that of a sepia, is an interior ..."

2. Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1833)
"The distinguishing Characters between the Ova of the sepia, and those of the Vermes Testacea, that live in Water, explained. By Sir Everard Home, Bart. ..."

3. Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists and Artists of Foreign Origin by Laurence Binyon (1902)
"sepia and water colours ; 3J x 5 in. No. 90 in Portfolio XXX. 6. ... sepia ; 4 x 5j in. No. 87 in Portfolio XXXI. 7. LADY OWEN'S FBEE SCHOOL, 1839. ..."

4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"Caustic alkalies render it soluble in water, but absorption of carbonic acid again precipitates the sepia. The dried native sepia is prepared for the ..."

5. Technical Methods of Chemical Analysis by Georg Lunge, Charles Alexander Keane, E. Adam, P. Aulich, T. L. Bailey, C. O. Bannister (1914)
"sepia. The pigment known as sepia is obtained from the " ink-sac " of the cuttlefish, sepia officinalis, and other species of Cephalopoda. ..."

6. Studies of Inheritance in Guinea-pigs and Rats by William Ernest Castle, Sewall Wright (1916)
"VARIATIONS OF sepia. We find rather more overlapping of distributions among the sepias than among the yellows when different genetic constitutions are ..."

7. A Clinical Materia Medica: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered at the by Ernest Albert Farrington (1887)
"BELONGING to the Mollusca is an animal called the sepia, or cuttlefish. ... The name sepia is the common term used to designate this remedy in our materia ..."

8. A Clinical Materia Medica: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered at the by Ernest Albert Farrington (1887)
"The name sepia is the common term used to designate this remedy in our materia medica,.the juice just referred to being the part employed. ..."

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