Definition of vermilion in English:

vermilion

Syllabification: ver·mil·ion
Pronunciation: /vərˈmilyən
 
/
(also vermillion)

noun

  • 1A brilliant red pigment made from mercury sulfide (cinnabar).
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    • The two paint boxes were found to contain Prussian blue, chrome yellow, vermilion (a red mercury sulfide pigment), and red earth.
    • Keune and supervisor Jaap Boon investigated the red pigment vermilion from the Rubens painting.
    • Raman spectroscopy is used to identify certain pigments, such as vermilion and red lead, that are not detectable with FTIR.
  • 1.1A brilliant red color: a lateral stripe of vermilion [as modifier]: vermilion streaks of sunset
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    • The sun was tediously ebbing into the horizon, staining the otherwise violet sky with brilliant streaks of orange and vermilion.
    • Among the plants that have lovely vermillion hues to go with this season are the dwarf coral tree and the African flame tree.
    • Rich hues of madder red, vermilion, saffron, and black are used in myriad combinations of stripes and checks.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French vermeillon, from vermeil, from Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis 'worm'.

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