from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The name of a once celebrated compound cordial, to which a fine red color was given by kermes.
  • noun Same as kermes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Old Pharmacy) A compound cordial, in the form of a confection, deriving its name from the kermes insect, its principal ingredient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The desiccated bodies of certain insects (female Kermes ilicis and Kermes vermilio), which live on the kermes oak, formerly much used as a material for dye and a medicinal ingredient; also a given mixture, preparation etc. containing such insects.
  • noun A red Italian alcoholic liqueur.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French alkermès, probably from Spanish alquermes, from Arabic القرمز (al-qirmiz), from Persian کرمست (kirmist), from Middle Persian, from Sanskrit.


  • But alkermes many except against; in some cases it may help, if it be good and of the best, such as that of Montpelier in France, which [4329] Iodocus Sincerus, Itinerario Galliae, so much magnifies, and would have no traveller omit to see it made.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [4324] Christophorus Ayrerus prefers bezoar stone, and the confection of alkermes, before other cordials, and amber in some cases.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • If you be not content with this my exposition, are you of the mind that my wife will suck and sup me up as people use to gulp and swallow oysters out of the shell? or as the Cilician women, according to the testimony of Dioscorides, were wont to do the grain of alkermes?

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • He offered her some bonbons, which she refused, then she said she would take a sip of the alkermes, which he poured into a tiny silver goblet.


  • He went by the longest route to the avenue de l'Opéra to buy fine essences of cedar and of that alkermes which makes the person tasting it think he is in an Oriental pharmaceutic laboratory.


  • As I strolled, my eye fell upon a little flower which I recognised as a favourite from my dear mother's garden; I observed a glowing alkermes, an Oriental corn-rose, then again an artichoke, overgrown with vile weeds.

    Dr. Dumany's Wife

  • Then I reduced them into a fine powder, and ordered the Jewish confectioner to mix the powder in my presence with a paste made of amber, sugar, vanilla, angelica, alkermes and storax, and I waited until the comfits prepared with that mixture were ready.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

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  • Dioscorides, were wont to do the grain of alkermes?

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

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