kermes


ker·mes

noun \ˈkər-(ˌ)mēz\

Definition of KERMES

:  the dried bodies of the females of various scale insects (genus Kermes) that are found on a Mediterranean oak (Quercus coccifera) and constitute a red dyestuff; also :  the dye

Origin of KERMES

French kermès, from Arabic qirmiz
First Known Use: 1603

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