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[kahr-min, -mahyn] /ˈkɑr mɪn, -maɪn/
a crimson or purplish-red color.
a crimson pigment obtained from cochineal.
1705-15; < French carmin (color), carmine (pigment), Old French; compare Medieval Latin carminium, perhaps blend of carmesīnum (see crimson) and minium minium Unabridged
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  • carmine is one of the very few pigments considered safe enough for use in eye cosmetics.
British Dictionary definitions for carmine


  1. a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
  2. (as adjective): carmine paint
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

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')
A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.

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Encyclopedia Article for carmine

red or purplish-red pigment obtained from cochineal (q.v.), a red dyestuff extracted from the dried bodies of certain female scale insects native to tropical and subtropical America. Carmine was used extensively for watercolours and fine coach-body colours before the advent of synthetic colouring materials. Since then it has been used only when a natural pigment is required: for pastries, confections, cosmetics, water-soluble drug preparations, and histologic stains

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