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“… the red is vermilion mercury sulfide the …”

meanings of vermilion


  1. A vivid red synthetic pigment made of mercury sulfide.
  2. The cochineal dye made from this insect.
  3. The kermes or cochineal insect.
  4. A type of red dye worn in the parting of the hair by married Hindu women.
  5. The red skin of the lips or its border with the skin of the face.
  6. A bright orange-red colour.


  1. Having the color of the vermilion dye.
  2. Having a brilliant red colour.


  1. To color or paint vermilion.