But in the book, Father carmine just has one unhealthy tabby cat.
Or Mr. carmine, a Yonkers toupee-maker with a thick Italian accent and a (very) full head of gray hair.
He went on: “We told her (carmine) that Jacintha was admitted to hospital for blood pressure problems.”
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.
carmine car·mine (kär'mĭn, -mīn')
A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.