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carmine

[kahr-min, -mahyn] /ˈkɑr mɪn, -maɪn/
noun
1.
a crimson or purplish-red color.
2.
a crimson pigment obtained from cochineal.
Origin of carmine
1705-1715
1705-15; < French carmin (color), carmine (pigment), Old French; compare Medieval Latin carminium, perhaps blend of carmesīnum (see crimson) and minium minium
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carmine

/ˈkɑːmaɪn/
noun
1.
  1. a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
  2. (as adjective): carmine paint
2.
a pigment of this colour obtained from cochineal
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin carmīnus, from Arabic qirmizkermes
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Word Origin and History for carmine
n.

1712, originally of the dyestuff, from French carmin (12c.), from Medieval Latin carminium, from Arabic qirmiz "crimson" (see kermes). Form influenced in Latin by minium "red lead, cinnabar," a word said to be of Iberian origin. As an adjective from 1737; as a color name from 1799.

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carmine in Medicine

carmine car·mine (kär'mĭn, -mīn')
n.
A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.

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