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signal red

noun
1.
pimento (def 3).

pimento

[pi-men-toh] /pɪˈmɛn toʊ/
noun, plural pimentos.
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Also called Chinese vermilion, Harrison red, signal red. a vivid red color.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; alteration of Spanish pimiento pepper plant, masculine derivative of pimienta pepper fruit < Late Latin pigmenta spiced drink, spice, pepper, plural (taken as singular) of Latin pigmentum pigment
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pimento

/pɪˈmɛntəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
another name for allspice, pimiento
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish pimiento pepper plant, from Medieval Latin pigmenta spiced drink, from Latin pigmentumpigment
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Word Origin and History for signal-red
pimento
1690, from Sp. pimiento "green or red pepper," also pimienta "black pepper," from L.L. pigmenta, pl. of pigmentum "vegetable juice," from L. pigmentum "pigment," from stem of pingere "to paint" (see paint). So called because it added a dash of color to food or drink.
"[I]n med.L. spiced drink, hence spice, pepper (generally), Sp. pimiento, Fr. piment are applied to Cayenne or Guinea pepper, capsicum; in Eng. the name has passed to allspice or Jamaica pepper. [OED]
The piece of red sweet pepper stuffed in a pitted olive so called from 1918, earlier pimiento (1901), from Sp.
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