noun \ˈsi-nə-ˌbär\

Definition of CINNABAR

:  artificial red mercuric sulfide used especially as a pigment
:  a red mineral consisting of native mercuric sulfide HgS that is the only important ore of mercury
:  a deep vivid red
cin·na·bar·ine \-bə-ˌrīn, -ˌbär-in\ adjective

Origin of CINNABAR

Middle English cynabare, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French sinopre, from Latin cinnabaris, from Greek kinnabari, of non-IE origin; akin to Arabic zinjafr cinnabar
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈsin-ə-ˌbär\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CINNABAR

: native red sulfide of mercury HgS that is the only important ore of mercury
: artificial red sulfide of mercury used especially as a pigment


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cinnabar from Red Devil Mine, north of Homer, Alaska—Courtesy of the MacFall Collection; photograph, Mary A. Root

Mercury sulfide (HgS), the chief ore mineral of mercury. It is commonly encountered with pyrite, marcasite, and stibnite in veins near recent volcanic rocks and in hot-springs deposits. It has been used as a bright orange-red pigment in stage makeup (now known to be toxic), painting, and Chinese lacquerwork.


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