Definition of carmine in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːmʌɪn
, -mɪn/


[mass noun]
1A vivid crimson colour: [as modifier]: carmine roses
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  • If the set is entirely monochromatic the costumes use vivid colour - luscious carmine reds, particularly for the lovers.
  • However, the most picturesque of all bee-eaters in the world is the crimson plumaged carmine bee-eater, which I had seen once - in a bare, dark thorny tree in Masai Mara, Kenya.
  • Instead of being the customary deep red, it was an odd carmine colour.
1.1A vivid crimson pigment made from cochineal.
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  • Also seek out natural sugar substitutes like stevia and natural food colors like annatto, carmine, carotene, and turmeric.
  • It produces the colorant cochineal, otherwise known as carmine or E120.
  • The carmine is used in an aqueous solution with potassium carbonate and potassium chloride. Glycogen stains bright red.


early 18th century: from French carmin, based on Arabic qirmiz (see kermes). Compare with crimson.

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