[vur-mil, -meyl or especially for 2, ver-mey]
vermilion red.
metal, as silver or bronze, that has been gilded.
of the color vermilion.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin vermiculus kermes (insect and dye), Latin: larva, grub; see vermicule Unabridged
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vermeil (ˈvɜːmeɪl)
1.  gilded silver, bronze, or other metal, used esp in the 19th century
2.  a.  vermilion
 b.  (as adjective): vermeil shoes
[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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gilded silver produced either by the fire-gilding method or by electrolysis. In the former, earlier method the object is covered with an amalgam of gold and mercury; the mercury evaporates when the piece is fired, leaving a gold deposit. In the latter method, the silver object is wired as the cathode and a bar of gold as the anode, and both are immersed in an electrolytic solution; when an electric current is passed, gold ions are deposited on the silver object (cathode). After fire-gilding or electrolysis, the silver gilt is burnished, usually with a polished agate stone

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Gold vermeil sculpture of a palm tree with three antelopes grazing beneath it, on a wooden base covered with freshwater pearls.
The spout, fashioned in the face and neck of a swan, vermeil.
Faceted garnets sparkle against a gold-vermeil hoop.
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