from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong to vivid red.
- n. A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.
- adj. Strong to vivid red.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A purplish-red pigment, made from dye obtained from the cochineal beetle; carminic acid or any of its derivatives
- n. A purplish-red colour, resembling that pigment.
- adj. of the purplish red colour shade carmine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rich red or crimson color with a shade of purple.
- n. A beautiful pigment, or a lake, of this color, prepared from cochineal, and used in miniature painting.
- n. The essential coloring principle of cochineal, extracted as a purple-red amorphous mass. It is a glucoside and possesses acid properties; -- hence called also carminic acid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The pure coloring matter or principle of cochineal, to which the formula C17H18O10 has been assigned. It forms a purple mass soluble in water.
- n. That one of two or more lakes of different strengths prepared from the same coloring matter which contains the greatest proportion of coloring matter to the base, which is generally alumina.
- n. Specifically A pigment made from cochineal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a variable color averaging a vivid red
- adj. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
- v. color carmine
French carmin, from Medieval Latin carminium, probably blend of Arabic qirmiz, kermes; see kermes, and Latin minium, cinnabar; see minium.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French carmin, from irregular Medieval Latin carminium, itself from Arabic قرمز (qirmiz, "crimson, kermes") (from Sanskrit krimiga "insect-produced", from कृमि (kṛ́mi, "worm, insect")), plus or with influence from Latin minium. (Wiktionary)