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cinnabar

cinnabar

noun cin·na·bar \ˈsi-nə-ˌbär\

Definition of CINNABAR

1
:  artificial red mercuric sulfide used especially as a pigment
2
:  a red mineral consisting of native mercuric sulfide HgS that is the only important ore of mercury
3
:  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

cinnabar

noun cin·na·bar \ˈsin-ə-ˌbär\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CINNABAR

1
:  native red sulfide of mercury HgS that is the only important ore of mercury
2
:  artificial red sulfide of mercury used especially as a pigment

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