The metal is obtained by heating cinnabar in a current of air and by condensing the vapor.
Mold-made, cream-slipped, ceramic with red cinnabar.
cinnabar is resistant to surface weathering and thus is common around these sites and in streams draining the mines.
cinnabar resembles quartz in its symmetry and certain of its optical characteristics.
cinnabar was often used in royal burial chambers during the peak of mayan civilization.
British Dictionary definitions for cinnabar
a bright red or brownish-red mineral form of mercuric sulphide (mercury(II) sulphide), found close to areas of volcanic activity and hot springs. It is the main commercial source of mercury. Formula: HgS. Crystal structure: hexagonal
the red form of mercuric sulphide (mercury(II) sulphide), esp when used as a pigment
a bright red to reddish-orange; vermilion
a large red-and-black European moth, Callimorpha jacobaeae: family Arctiidae (tiger moths, etc)
C15: from Old French cenobre, from Latin cinnābaris, from Greek kinnabari, of Oriental origin
1382, "red or crystalline form of mercuric sulphide," also applied to other ores of mercury, originally with reference to its use as a pigment; from O.Fr. cinabre, L. cinnabaris, from Gk. kinnabari, of oriental origin (cf. Pers. zanjifrah in the same sense). Also used 14c.-17c. of red resinous juice of a certain Eastern tree, which was believed to be a mixture of dragon's and elephant's blood.