an abundant purple or crimson shade with a shade of purple
- of a shade at the end of the colour range (next to orange); resembling colour of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
- shade carmine
- a variable shade averaging a vivid red
- an abundant purple or crimson color with a shade of purple.
- an attractive pigment, or a lake, with this shade, ready from cochineal, and found in mini painting.
- the primary color concept of cochineal, extracted as a purple-red amorphous mass. It is a glucoside and possesses acid properties; -- therefore called in addition carminic acid.
Name Origin: Latin
Name Gender: Female
1712, originally for the dyestuff, from French carmin (12c.), from Medieval Latin carminium, from Arabic qirmiz "crimson" (see kermes). Form affected in Latin by minium "red lead, cinnabar," a word reported to be of Iberian source. As an adjective from 1737; as a color name from 1799.
Vita carmine expressa (pp. lxxxi.- xcix.), written by Hobbes at the age of eighty-four (first published by itself in 1680).