Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
late 18th century; Italian from Italian (terra di) Sienna ‘(earth of) Siena’
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1. a ferruginous earth used used as a yellowish-brown pigment (raw sienna) or, after roasting in a furnace, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt sienna)
2. the color of such a pigment
1. A) The artist used sienna to complete her mural of a desert village. B) Many cave paintings were created using sienna.
2. A) Sarah's favorite color is sienna because it reminds her of a sunset. B) The walls of the chateau were painted a burnt sienna.
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