vermeil

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Etymology[edit]

From French vermeil (vermilion), from Latin vermiculus (little worm), from vermis (worm), ultimately in reference to Kermes vermilio, a type of scale insect used to make a crimson dye.

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Adjective[edit]

vermeil (comparative more vermeil, superlative most vermeil)

French vermeil work
  1. (poetic, now rare) Bright scarlet, vermilion.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.3:
      And in her cheekes the vermeill red did shew / Like roses in a bed of lillies shed [].
  2. (poetic, now rare) Specifically of faces, lips etc.: red, ruddy, healthy-looking.

Noun[edit]

vermeil (plural vermeils)

  1. (poetic) Vermilion; bright red.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
      The mortall steele stayed not till it was seene / To gore her side; yet was the wound not deepe, / But lightly rased her soft silken skin, / That drops of purple blood thereout did weepe, / Which did her lilly smock with staines of vermeil steep.
  2. silver gilt or gilt bronze.
  3. A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold.



French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *vermiclus, from Latin vermiculus (little worm).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vermeil m (feminine vermeille, masculine plural vermeils, feminine plural vermeilles)

  1. bright red, vermilion
  2. (of mouth, lips etc.) ruby, cherry (-red)
  3. rosy

Noun[edit]

vermeil m (plural vermeils)

  1. vermeil

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