vermilion


ver·mil·ion

noun \vər-ˈmil-yən\

: a bright orange-red color

Full Definition of VERMILION

1
:  a bright red pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide; broadly :  any of various red pigments
2
:  a vivid reddish orange

Variants of VERMILION

ver·mil·ion also ver·mil·lion \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

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe

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