vermilion

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French vermeillon ‎(vermilion), from vermeil, 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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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. The red skin of the lips or its border with the skin of the face.

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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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