Definition of vermilion
1 : a vivid reddish orange
2 : a bright red pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide; broadly : any of various red pigments
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That also includes grouper and the other snapper species like vermilion, gray and lane snapper.
Named for an interior that can range from streaky sunset vermilion to deep scarlet or burgundy, blood oranges have a red blush on the peel and a heady, almost tropical flavor.
For five hours, all that can be seen is an endless expanse of ocher shifting to vermilion, corrugated by ancient crags and pocked with swirling violet salt pan lakes.
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Origin and Etymology of vermilion
Middle English vermilioun, borrowed from Anglo-French vermeilloun, from vermeil “bright red, red color” (going back to Late Latin vermiculus “bright red color (obtained from kermes),” going back to Latin, “insect larva, grub,” from vermis “worm” + -culus, diminutive suffix) + -on, diminutive or particularizing suffix, going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of persons with a prominent feature — more at 1worm
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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: a bright orange-red color
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