from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bright red mercuric sulfide used as a pigment.
- n. A vivid red to reddish orange. Also called Chinese red, cinnabar.
- adj. Of a vivid red to reddish orange.
- transitive v. To color or dye (something) in the hue vermilion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vivid red synthetic pigment made of mercury sulfide.
- n. A vivid red or slightly orange colour.
- n. A type of red dye worn in the parting of the hair by married Hindu women.
- n. A red skin of the lip or its border with the skin of the face.
- adj. Having a brilliant red colour.
- adj. Having the color of the vermilion dye.
- v. To color or paint vermilion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bright red pigment consisting of mercuric sulphide, obtained either from the mineral cinnabar or artificially. It has a fine red color, and is much used in coloring sealing wax, in printing, etc.
- n. Hence, a red color like the pigment; a lively and brilliant red.
- transitive v. To color with vermilion, or as if with vermilion; to dye red; to cover with a delicate red.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The kermes- or cochineal-insect; also, the product of cochineal; worm-dye.
- n. The red sulphid of mercury, or the mineral cinnabar, occurring in nature of a red-brown to a carmine-red color; also, a pigment formerly made by grinding selected pieces of native cinnabar, but now made artificially.
- n. A color such as that of the above pigment; a beautiful brilliant red color.
- n. A cotton cloth dyed with vermilion.
- n. Same as vermeil, 4.
- Of the color of vermilion; of the brilliant pure-red color common in the bloom of the single scarlet geranium: as, a vermilion dye.
- To color with or as with vermilion; dye red; cover or suffuse with a bright red.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. color vermilion
- n. a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
- adj. of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
Middle English vermelion, from Old French vermeillon, from vermeil; see vermeil.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French vermeil ("vermilion"), from Latin vermiculus ("little worm"), the coccus Indicus, from vermis ("worm"). (Wiktionary)