Definition of cinnabar in English:

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cinnabar

Pronunciation: /ˈsinəˌbär/

noun

1A bright red mineral consisting of mercury sulfide. It is the only important ore of mercury and is sometimes used as a pigment.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: cin·na·bar

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