vermilion

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • vermillion (considered a misspelling by some authorities)

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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Noun[edit]

vermilion (plural vermilions)

  1. A vivid red synthetic pigment made of mercury sulfide.
  2. A vivid red or slightly orange colour.
    vermilion colour:    
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 3
      I, struggling faintly, could not help feeling what I could not grasp, a column of the whitest ivory, beautifully streak'd with blue veins, and carrying, fully uncapt, a head of the liveliest vermilion
  3. A type of red dye worn in the parting of the hair by married Hindu women.
  4. A red skin of the lip or its border with the skin of the face.

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Adjective[edit]

vermilion (comparative more vermilion, superlative most vermilion)

  1. Having a brilliant red colour.
  2. Having the color of the vermilion dye.

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Verb[edit]

vermilion (third-person singular simple present vermilions, present participle vermilioning, simple past and past participle vermilioned)

  1. (transitive) To color or paint vermilion.

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