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Origin of kermes
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In the Middle Ages the dye from the kermes was still called “vermiculata,” of which the word vermilion is a literal translation.
The mineral red now called vermilion must have borrowed its name from the insect dye which the Greeks and Romans called “kermes.”
The Polish kermes (Coccus polonicus) was formerly used very much in Europe.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
"Grain," therefore, meant a dye of such red as might be produced by the use of kermes or coccum.
After the discovery of America, cochineal having been introduced, began to supersede kermes for all brilliant red dyes.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure