from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy reddish mercuric sulfide, HgS, that is the principal ore of mercury.
- n. Red mercuric sulfide used as a pigment.
- n. See vermilion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A deep red mineral, mercuric sulfide, HgS; the principal ore of mercury; such ore used as the pigment vermilion.
- n. A bright red colour tinted with orange.
- adj. Of a bright red colour tinted with orange.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Red sulphide of mercury, occurring in brilliant red crystals, and also in red or brown amorphous masses. It is used in medicine.
- n. The artificial red sulphide of mercury used as a pigment; vermilion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Red Sulphid of mercury.
- n. A red resinous juice obtained from an East Indian tree, Calamus Draco, formerly used as an astringent; dragon's-blood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury
- n. large red-and-black European moth; larvae feed on leaves of ragwort; introduced into United States to control ragwort
- adj. of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
Middle English cinabare, from Latin cinnabaris, from Greek kinnabari.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)