Definition of carmine in English:


Syllabification: car·mine
Pronunciation: /ˈkärmən, -ˌmīn


  • 1A vivid crimson color: [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 ḳirmiz (see kermes). Compare with crimson.

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