Definition of cinnabar in English:


Syllabification: cin·na·bar
Pronunciation: /ˈsinəˌbär


  • 1A bright red mineral consisting of mercury sulfide. It is the only important ore of mercury and is sometimes used as a pigment.
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    • Allergy to tattoo pigment is rare, but reaction to cinnabar, the red pigment, is the most common.
    • But, among what Ms. Moore lists as ‘poisonous’ pigments are cinnabar and realgar.
    • Some of the oldest focus not on gold but on cinnabar, the red mineral mercury sulphide.
  • 1.1The bright red color of this; vermilion: [as modifier]: the blood coagulated in cinnabar threads
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    • The yellow is paired with a brilliant, beautiful cinnabar red.
    • The thick curly mass of her cinnabar hair hung heavily, almost to her waist when wet.
    • The white plaster dust had been washed out of his hair and now his rich cinnabar mane shone.


Middle English: from Latin cinnabaris, from Greek kinnabari, of obscure origin.

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