Origin of cinnabar
Examples from the Web for cinnabar
Then we had the cinnabar mines—you may see them along the slope to northward, right over the west end of the town.Wandering Heath|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
No mercury-containing minerals are insoluble in acids; but cinnabar requires aqua regia for solution.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
There were trunks of trees smeared with cinnabar, which resembled columns covered with blood.Salammbo|Gustave Flaubert
At last I come to a ranch an' worked there a month an' then worked around different places an' wound up in Cinnabar.Prairie Flowers|James B. Hendryx
This caused the country where they lived to be examined, and the cinnabar was found.
British Dictionary definitions for cinnabar
Word Origin for cinnabar
Word Origin and History for cinnabar
mid-15c., "red or crystalline form of mercuric sulphide," also applied to other ores of mercury, originally with reference to its use as a pigment; from Old French cinabre (13c.), from Late Latin cinnabaris, from Greek kinnabari, of oriental origin (cf. Persian zanjifrah in the same sense). Also used 14c.-17c. of red resinous juice of a certain Eastern tree, which was believed to be a mixture of dragon's and elephant's blood.