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or ver·mil·lion

[ver-mil-yuh n]
  1. a brilliant scarlet red.
  2. a bright-red, water-insoluble pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide, once obtained from cinnabar, now usually produced by the reaction of mercury and sulfur.
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  1. of the color vermilion.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to color with or as if with vermilion.
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Origin of vermilion

1250–1300; Middle English vermilioun, vermillon < Anglo-French, Old French verm(e)illon, equivalent to vermeil vermeil + -on noun suffix
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    1. a bright red to reddish-orange colour
    2. (as adjective)a vermilion car
  1. mercuric sulphide, esp when used as a bright red pigment; cinnabar
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French vermeillon, from vermeil
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Word Origin and History for vermillion



late 13c., "cinnabar, red dye," from Anglo-French and Old French vermeillon, from vermeil (see vermeil). As an adjective, from 1580s.

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