sepia

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See also: Sepia, sépia, sępia, and sępią

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin sēpia, from Ancient Greek σηπία (sēpía, cuttlefish), from σήψ (sḗps, a kind of lizard, also a kind of serpent whose bite was alleged to cause putrefaction). Compare Italian seppia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsiːpiə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːpiə

Noun[edit]

sepia (countable and uncountable, plural sepias)

  1. A dark brown pigment made from the secretions of the cuttlefish. [from 1820s]
  2. A dark, slightly reddish, brown colour.
    sepia:  
  3. (by extension, countable) A sepia-coloured drawing or photograph.
  4. (archaic, countable) The cuttlefish. [from 16th c.]

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sepia (comparative more sepia, superlative most sepia)

  1. (colour)  Of a dark reddish-brown colour.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in The China Governess[1]:
      Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.
    • 1985Lance Parkin, The Infinity Doctors, p 209
      Only now did he realise how few colours there had been at the end of the universe. The world had been sepia, drained of colour and light.
    • 2021 July 14, “Modern Images”, in RAIL, number 935, page 37, photo caption:
      Dawn mist rolling off the adjacent North Downs creates a sepia effect over the river with no need for digital enhancement.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch sepia, via French or Italian from Latin sepia.

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sepia f or m (uncountable)

  1. cuttlefish

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sepia n (uncountable)

  1. the color sepia
  2. a style of yellowish/brownish-and-black photography

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek σηπία (sēpía), often suggested to be from Ancient Greek σήπειν (sḗpein, to make rotten), but (per Beekes) could instead possibly a Pre-Greek word.

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sēpia f (genitive sēpiae); first declension

  1. a cuttlefish
  2. the secretion of a cuttlefish used as ink

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First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative sēpia sēpiae
Genitive sēpiae sēpiārum
Dative sēpiae sēpiīs
Accusative sēpiam sēpiās
Ablative sēpiā sēpiīs
Vocative sēpia sēpiae

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References[edit]

  • sepia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sepia in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sepia in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • sepia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • sepia in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[2]
  • sepia in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin sēpia, from Ancient Greek σηπία (sēpía).

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sepia f

  1. cephalopod ink
  2. sepia (color)
  3. (photography) sepia toning
  4. cuttlefish
    Synonym: mątwa

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Further reading[edit]

  • sepia in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • sepia in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin sēpia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsepja/, [ˈse.pja]

Noun[edit]

sepia f (plural sepias)

  1. cuttlefish
    Synonyms: jibia, cachón, choco

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