Vermilion is a shade of bright reddish orange. The pigment known as vermillion contains mercuric sulfide.
After the funeral, Leigh begins to see her mother as a bright vermillion bird who leaves her red feathers as clues and urges her to go to Taiwan.
— Shana E. Hadi, The Stanford Daily, 22 Nov. 2019
In vermilion one can find the Latin word for “worm,” which is vermis. The noun vermiculus referred to an insect larva, as well as a bright red color obtained from kermes, made from the crushed dried bodies of a certain insect found on a Mediterranean oak.