noun al·ker·mes \alˈkərmēz, -mə̇s; ˌalkərˈmes\

Definition of alkermes



  1. 1 obsolete :  the kermes insect

  2. 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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a brief usually trivial fact

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