Definition of alkermes
1 obsolete : the kermes insect
2 : an originally Italian liqueur made of brandy flavored with bay leaves, mace, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon and colored a brilliant red with the kermes insect or with cochineal
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Origin and Etymology of alkermes
French alkermès, from Spanish alkermes (now usually alquermes), from Arabic al-qirmiz the alkermes — more at crimson
First Known Use: 1583
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