alkermes

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French alkermès, probably from Spanish alquermes, from Arabic اَلْقِرْمِز (al-qirmiz), from Persian کرمست (kirmist), from Middle Persian, from Sanskrit.

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alkermes (uncountable)

  1. The desiccated bodies of certain insects (female Kermes ilicis and Kermes vermilio), which live on the kermes oak, formerly much used as a material for dye and a medicinal ingredient; also a given mixture, preparation etc. containing such insects.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.5.1.v:
      But alkermes many except against: in some cases it may help, if it be good []
  2. A red Italian alcoholic liqueur.

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