cinnabar

noun
cin·​na·​bar | \ˈsi-nə-ˌbär \

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

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cinnabarine \-​bə-​ˌrīn, -​ˌbär-​in \ adjective

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In the late 1800s, Oat Hill was one of the richest cinnabar (mercury) mines in the West, and the trail follows the old road that led toward the mine. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 5 best hikes in Napa for wine lovers," 21 Feb. 2018 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. National Geographic, "The Toxic Toll of Indonesia's Gold Mines," 24 May 2016 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. National Geographic, "The Toxic Toll of Indonesia's Gold Mines," 24 May 2016

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First Known Use of cinnabar

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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cinnabar

noun
cin·​na·​bar | \ˈsin-ə-ˌbär \

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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