[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for carmine

/ (ˈkɑːmaɪn) /


  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 for carmine

C18: from Medieval Latin carmīnus, from Arabic qirmiz kermes
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Medical definitions for carmine

[ kärmĭn, -mīn′ ]


A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.
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