car·​mine | \ ˈkär-mən How to pronounce carmine (audio) , -ˌmīn \

Definition of carmine

1 : a rich red to crimson pigment made from cochineal
2 : a vivid red

Examples of carmine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Peru, the price per ton of carmine dye rose 40 percent between 2013 and 2019. Brittany J. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Between 1967 and 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration gradually approved cochineal extract and carmine for such purposes, and these cochineal insect derivatives still add color to various yogurts, cakes, candies, beverages and meats. Brittany J. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Which is why your ideal dinner party is filled with scarlet, carmine, and crimson—all inspired by your ruling planet, Mars, and your, um, assertive personality. Lindsey Perkins, Bon Appétit, 17 Dec. 2021 The waitress delivered a long, thin, carmine dog with dark char that stuck out of both ends on a poppy seed bun. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 Lawrence, as befits the master of ceremonies, sports an ever-changing cycle of outfits, including a white lace top with a carmine vest, and a shiny shirt that looks like an explosion in a host of golden daffodils. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 25 June 2021 When confronted with a stream of irritating carmine powder expertly aimed at their mouths by his steady hand, Stentor would first bend away, then reverse the beating of its hairs (called cilia) to expel the powder, then contract and finally detach. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 22 May 2021 That special hue of carmine provided by the Spanish dyes was essential for the British army. Longreads, 23 Mar. 2021 All Day Liquid Lipstick is not vegan, as all shades contain carmine and beeswax. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, 22 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of carmine

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carmine

French carmin, from Medieval Latin carminium, perhaps ultimately from Arabic qirmiz kermes + Latin minium cinnabar

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“Carmine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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car·​mine | \ ˈkär-mən, -ˌmīn How to pronounce carmine (audio) \

Medical Definition of carmine

: a vivid red lake consisting essentially of an aluminum salt of carminic acid made from cochineal and used as a biological stain and as coloring in foods, drugs, and cosmetics also : any of various coloring matters (as indigo carmine) other than carmine

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