Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Vermilion or a similar bright red color.
  • n. Gilded silver, bronze, or copper.
  • adj. Bright red in color.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Bright scarlet, vermilion.
  • adj. Specifically of faces, lips etc.: red, ruddy, healthy-looking.
  • n. Vermilion; bright red.
  • n. silver gilt or gilt bronze.
  • n. A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Vermilion; also, the color of vermilion, a bright, beautiful red.
  • n. Silver gilt or gilt bronze.
  • n. A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bright red; vermilion; the color of vermilion. Also used adjeetively, and frequently as the first element of a compound.
  • n. Silver gilt.
  • n. In gilding, a liquid composed of arnotto, gamboge, vermilion, dragon's-blood, salt of tartar, and saffron, boiled in water and applied to a surface that is to be gilded, to give luster to the gold.
  • n. A crimson-red garnet inclining slightly to orange: a jewelers' name.

Etymologies

Middle English vermail, from Old French vermeil, from Late Latin vermiculus, a kind of red worm, from Latin, grub, diminutive of vermis, worm; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French vermeil ("vermilion"), from Latin vermiculus, from Latin vermiculus (a little worm), the coccus Indicus, from vermis (a worm) (Wiktionary)

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  • What need a vermeil-tinctured lip for that
    Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the Morn?

    Milton, Comus

    December 16, 2006