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carmine

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noun car·mine \ˈkär-mən, -ˌmīn\

Definition of carmine

  1. 1 :  a rich crimson or scarlet lake made from cochineal

  2. 2 :  a vivid red



Origin and Etymology of carmine

French carmin, from Medieval Latin carminium, perhaps ultimately from Arabic qirmiz kermes + Latin minium cinnabar


First Known Use: 1712


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carmine

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noun car·mine \ˈkär-mən, -ˌmīn\

Medical Definition of carmine

  1. :  a vivid red lake consisting essentially of an aluminum salt of carminic acid made from cochineal and used as a biological stain and as coloring in foods, drugs, and cosmetics; also :  any of various coloring matters (as indigo carmine) other than carmine




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