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vermilion

[ver-mil-yuh n] /vərˈmɪl yən/
noun
1.
a brilliant scarlet red.
2.
a bright-red, water-insoluble pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide, once obtained from cinnabar, now usually produced by the reaction of mercury and sulfur.
adjective
3.
of the color vermilion.
verb (used with object)
4.
to color with or as if with vermilion.
Also, vermillion.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English vermilioun, vermillon < Anglo-French, Old French verm(e)illon, equivalent to vermeil vermeil + -on noun suffix
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vermilion

/vəˈmɪljən/
noun
1.
  1. a bright red to reddish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective): a vermilion car
2.
mercuric sulphide, esp when used as a bright red pigment; cinnabar
Word Origin
C13: from Old French vermeillon, from vermeil
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Word Origin and History for vermillion

vermilion

n.

late 13c., "cinnabar, red dye," from Anglo-French and Old French vermeillon, from vermeil (see vermeil). As an adjective, from 1580s.

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