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crimson

[krim-zuh n, -suh n] /ˈkrɪm zən, -sən/
adjective
1.
deep purplish-red.
noun
3.
a crimson color, pigment, or dye.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to make or become crimson.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin cremesīnusArabic qirmizī (qirmiz kermes + suffix of appurtenance) + Latin -īnus -ine1; see cramoisy
Related forms
crimsonly, adverb
crimsonness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crimsonness

crimson

/ˈkrɪmzən/
noun
1.
  1. a deep or vivid red colour
  2. (as adjective) a crimson rose
verb
2.
to make or become crimson
3.
(intransitive) to blush
Derived Forms
crimsonness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old Spanish cremesin, from Arabic qirmizi red of the kermes, from qirmizkermes
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Word Origin and History for crimsonness
crimson
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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crimsonness in the Bible

See COLOUR.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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