vermilion

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noun ver·mil·ion \vər-ˈmil-yən\
variants: or less commonly

vermillion

Definition of vermilion

  1. 1 :  a bright red pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide; broadly :  any of various red pigments

  2. 2 :  a vivid reddish orange

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 century

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vermilion

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noun ver·mil·ion \vər-ˈmil-yən\

Definition of vermilion for English Language Learners

  • : a bright orange-red color

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