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  • adj. Of or pertaining to, or derived from, carmine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to, or derived from, carmine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In chem., pertaining to or derived from carmine, the coloring principle of cochineal.


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carmine +‎ -ic


  • I dyed the red sky forming part of the background of this canvas with cochineal [the minute insect with naturally produces carminic acid, and was an important export industry for Oaxaca during colonial times].

    Fiona Dunnett: images of self and death in Oaxaca

  • Also interesting was page 121 and the chapter titled The Bugs In Your Candy which is about color additives in processed foods like cochineal extract also known as carmine or carminic acid which is made from dead bodies of small bugs harvested mainly in Peru and the Canary Islands.

    Nation Tie | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Neither cochineal nor carmine/ carminic acid/ E120 the name of the dye obtained from the cochineal insects is mentioned on the ingredients.

    The Smarties Project «

  • Purple Smarties are dyed with cochineal carminic acid, which is made from ground-up pregnant Cochineal insects.

    April « 2009 «

  • Take carminic acid, a red dye extracted from pregnant scale insects; citric acid, made from fungus fermentation; and gelatin, made from the bones of livestock.

    ‘Natural’ doesn’t necessarily mean better or safer

  • Food grade cochineal is derived from carminic acid, the pigment producing material in cochineal.

    Alkermes: The Scarlet Elixir

  • This article just drew my attention to the interesting story behind carmine, which is a pigment precipitated from carminic acid (shown below) extracted from the bodies of Dactylopius coccus, the so-called "cochineal" insect, of which the acid comprises up to 24% of dry body weight.

    MAKE Magazine

  • Or, more properly, the stuff we call cochineal is a chemical extract of carminic acid from the bodies of squished female scale insects.

    Bug Girl's Blog

  • Eisner et al. (1980) determined carminic acid (the red dye) repels ants.

    Bug Girl's Blog

  • On food and cosmetic labels, cochineal may have many different names: cochineal, carmine, carminic acid, Natural Red 4, or E120.

    Bug Girl's Blog


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