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[kahr-min, -mahyn] /ˈkɑr mɪn, -maɪn/
a crimson or purplish-red color.
a crimson pigment obtained from cochineal.
Origin of carmine
1705-15; < French carmin (color), carmine (pigment), Old French; compare Medieval Latin carminium, perhaps blend of carmesīnum (see crimson) and minium minium Unabridged
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  • The Marchesino went to tell the coachman which way to drive to the carmine.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Her carmine lips vaticinated with an extraordinary rapidity.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Once had her mouth been as the bow of Eros, painted in carmine.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • carmine caught on his thirty-five yards, made a short gain and was downed.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • They could only be of love; for he saw the carmine on her cheeks as she listened to them.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • The Blue's ends were down on carmine and he was stopped for a five-yard gain.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for carmine


  1. a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
  2. (as adjective): carmine paint
a pigment of this colour obtained from cochineal
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin carmīnus, from Arabic qirmizkermes
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Word Origin and History for carmine

1712, originally of the dyestuff, from French carmin (12c.), from Medieval Latin carminium, from Arabic qirmiz "crimson" (see kermes). Form influenced in Latin by minium "red lead, cinnabar," a word said to be of Iberian origin. As an adjective from 1737; as a color name from 1799.

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carmine in Medicine

carmine car·mine (kär'mĭn, -mīn')
A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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