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vermilion

noun ver·mil·ion \vər-ˈmil-yən\

Simple Definition of vermilion

  • : a bright orange-red color

Full Definition of vermilion

  1. 1 :  a bright red pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide; broadly :  any of various red pigments

  2. 2 :  a vivid reddish orange

Variants of vermilion

also ver·mil·lion play \vər-ˈmil-yən\

Origin of vermilion

Middle English vermilioun, from Anglo-French vermeilloun, from vermeil, adjective, bright red, vermilion, from Late Latin vermiculus kermes, from Latin, little worm


First Known Use: 13th century

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