[krim-zuhn, -suhn]
deep purplish-red.
a crimson color, pigment, or dye.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become crimson.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin cremesīnusArabic qirmizī (qirmiz kermes + suffix of appurtenance) + Latin -īnus -ine1; see cramoisy

crimsonly, adverb
crimsonness, noun Unabridged
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crimson (ˈkrɪmzən)
1.  a.  a deep or vivid red colour
 b.  (as adjective): a crimson rose
2.  to make or become crimson
3.  (intr) to blush
[C14: from Old Spanish cremesin, from Arabic qirmizi red of the kermes, from qirmizkermes]

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Word Origin & History

1416, "deep red color," from O.Sp. cremesin "of or belonging to the kermes" (the shield-louse insects from which a deep red dye was obtained), from M.L. cremesinus, from Arabic qirmiz "kermes," from Skt. krmi-ja a compound meaning "(red dye) produced by a worm," from krmih "worm" + -ja- "produced" (from
PIE *gene-). For sense evolution, see cochineal. Cf. O.C.S. čruminu, Rus. čermnyj "red," from the same source. Cf. also vermilion. The insect (Kermes vermilio) lives on the Kermes oak. The insects were gathered commercially in Mediterranean countries and sold throughout Europe. Kermes dyes have been found in burial wrappings in Anglo-Scandinavian York. It fell out of use with the introduction of cochineal. The dyes were comparable in quality and color intensity, but ten to twelve times as much kermes was needed to produce the same effect as cochineal.
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Crimson definition


Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
The blood of its unsung martyrs will flow across the land leaving a crimson
  swathe, from border to border.
The pathogen makes its presence known to humans through crimson pustules on the
  plant's stems and leaves.
The crane has light to dark blue-gray plumage and a crimson cap at the back of
  its crown.
It's a subtler palette than crimson and gold, but it's equally irresistible.
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