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kermes

[ kur-meez ]
/ ˈkɜr miz /
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noun

a red dye formerly prepared from the dried bodies of the females of a scale insect, Kermes ilices, which lives on small, evergreen oaks of the Mediterranean region.
the oak itself, of the genus Quercus coccifera.

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Origin of kermes

1590–1600; <French kermès<Arabic qirmiz<Persian; replacing earlier chermez<Italian chermes<Arabic as above; see crimson
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British Dictionary definitions for kermes

kermes
/ (ˈkɜːmɪz) /

noun

the dried bodies of female scale insects of the genus Kermes, esp K. ilices of Europe and W Asia, used as a red dyestuff
a small evergreen Eurasian oak tree, Quercus coccifera, with prickly leaves resembling holly: the host plant of kermes scale insects

Word Origin for kermes

C16: from French kermès, from Arabic qirmiz, from Sanskrit krmija- red dye, literally: produced by a worm, from krmi worm + ja- produced
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