noun ker·mes \ˈkər-(ˌ)mēz\

Definition of kermes

  1. :  the dried bodies of the females of various scale insects (genus Kermes) that are found on a Mediterranean oak (Quercus coccifera) and constitute a red dyestuff; also :  the dye

Origin and Etymology of kermes

French kermès, from Arabic qirmiz

First Known Use: 1603

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