Definition of cinnabar
1 : artificial red mercuric sulfide used especially as a pigment
2 : a red mineral consisting of native mercuric sulfide HgS that is the only important ore of mercury
3 : a deep vivid red
cinnabarineplay \-bə-ˌrīn, -ˌbär-in\ adjective
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Since Roman times, when slaves worked the cinnabar mines, mercury has been known to cause a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, tremors, drooling, difficulty walking, and eventually, death.
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Origin and Etymology of cinnabar
Middle English cynabare, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French sinopre, from Latin cinnabaris, from Greek kinnabari, of non-Indo-European origin; akin to Arabic zinjafr cinnabar
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Medical Definition of cinnabar
1: native red sulfide of mercury HgS that is the only important ore of mercury
2: artificial red sulfide of mercury used especially as a pigment
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