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vermeil

[vur-mil, -meyl or especially for 2, ver-mey] /ˈvɜr mɪl, -meɪl or especially for 2, vərˈmeɪ/
noun
1.
vermilion red.
2.
metal, as silver or bronze, that has been gilded.
adjective
3.
of the color vermilion.
Origin of vermeil
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin vermiculus kermes (insect and dye), Latin: larva, grub; see vermicule
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Examples from the web for vermeil
  • Gold vermeil sculpture of a palm tree with three antelopes grazing beneath it, on a wooden base covered with freshwater pearls.
  • Faceted garnets sparkle against a gold-vermeil hoop.
  • The spout, fashioned in the face and neck of a swan, vermeil.
British Dictionary definitions for vermeil

vermeil

/ˈvɜːmeɪl/
noun
1.
gilded silver, bronze, or other metal, used esp in the 19th century
2.
  1. vermilion
  2. (as adjective): vermeil shoes
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Late Latin vermiculus insect (of the genus Kermes) or the red dye prepared from it, from Latin: little worm
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Word Origin and History for vermeil
n.

"bright-red;" c.1400, from Anglo-French and Old French vermail (11c. in Old French), from Late Latin vermiculus "a little worm," specifically, the cochineal insect from which crimson dyes were obtained (cf. kermes), in classical Latin, "larva of an insect, grub, maggot," diminutive of vermis "worm" (see worm (n.)). As an adjective from 1580s.

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