sepia

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin sepia, 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).

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sepia (plural sepias)

  1. (archaic) The cuttlefish.
  2. A dark brown pigment made from the secretions of the cuttlefish.
  3. A dark, slightly reddish, brown colour.
    sepia colour:  
  4. A sepia-coloured drawing or photograph.

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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.

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sepia f, m (uncountable)

  1. cuttlefish

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sepia n (uncountable)

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

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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Noun[edit]

sēpia f (genitive sēpiae); first declension

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

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First declension.

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
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “sepia”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • sepia” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • 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

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Noun[edit]

sepia f (plural sepias)

  1. cuttlefish