Why was clemency trending last week?
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.