Carmine red
Carmine Car"mine, n. [F. carmin (cf. Sp. carmin, It. carminio), contr. from LL. carmesinus purple color. See {Crimson}.] 1. A rich red or crimson color with a shade of purple. [1913 Webster]

2. A beautiful pigment, or a lake, of this color, prepared from cochineal, and used in miniature painting. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) The essential coloring principle of cochineal, extracted as a purple-red amorphous mass. It is a glucoside and possesses acid properties; -- hence called also {carminic acid}. [1913 Webster]

{Carmine red} (Chem.), a coloring matter obtained from carmine as a purple-red substance, and probably allied to the phthale["i]ns. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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