Kermes mineral
Kermes Ker"mes, n. [Ar. & Per. girmiz. See {Crimson}, and cf. {Alkermes}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect ({Kermes ilices} formerly {Coccus ilicis}), allied to the cochineal insect, and found on several species of oak near the Mediterranean; also, the dye obtained from them. They are round, about the size of a pea, contain coloring matter analogous to carmine, and are used in dyeing. They were anciently thought to be of a vegetable nature, and were used in medicine. [Written also {chermes}.] [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A small European evergreen oak ({Quercus coccifera}) on which the kermes insect ({Kermes ilices}, formerly {Coccus ilicis}) feeds. --J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants). [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) [NL.] A genus of scale insects including many species that feed on oaks. The adult female resembles a small gall. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Kermes mineral}. (a) (Old Chem.) An artificial amorphous trisulphide of antimony; -- so called on account of its red color. (b) (Med. Chem.) A compound of the trioxide and trisulphide of antimony, used in medicine. This substance occurs in nature as the mineral {kermesite}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Kermes mineral — or Alkermes mineral (Sb2S3) is a compound of antimony oxides and sulphides, more specifically, antimony trioxide and trisulphide. This substance occurs in nature as the mineral Kermesite. It can be made or obtained in the laboratory by the… …   Wikipedia

  • Kermès minéral — ● Kermès minéral synonyme de kermésite …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • kermes mineral — noun also kermes : a soft brown red powder consisting essentially of antimony trisulfide and antimony trioxide and used formerly as an alterative, diaphoretic, and emetic …   Useful english dictionary

  • kermes mineral — ker·mes mineral kər (.)mēz n a soft brown red powder consisting essentially of oxides and sulfides of antimony and formerly used as an alterative, diaphoretic, and emetic …   Medical dictionary

  • kermès — [ kɛrmɛs ] n. m. • 1440; ar. al qirmiz, par l esp. alkermes → cramoisi 1 ♦ Insecte hémiptère (cochenilles) parasite de certains chênes, et dont les œufs séchés et traités servaient à fabriquer une teinture écarlate. Cette teinture. 2 ♦ Kermès ou… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Kermes — is a term that can refer to : * the insect genus Kermes , which includes Kermes ilicis and Kermes vermilio * Kermes (dye) made from it, of a crimson color * Kermes Oak the insect lives on *Kermes the name of a berry, used in the once famous… …   Wikipedia

  • Kermes — Ker mes, n. [Ar. & Per. girmiz. See {Crimson}, and cf. {Alkermes}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect ({Kermes ilices} formerly {Coccus ilicis}), allied to the cochineal insect, and found on several species of oak… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kermes ilices — Kermes Ker mes, n. [Ar. & Per. girmiz. See {Crimson}, and cf. {Alkermes}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect ({Kermes ilices} formerly {Coccus ilicis}), allied to the cochineal insect, and found on several species of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kermes ilices — Kermes Ker mes, n. [Ar. & Per. girmiz. See {Crimson}, and cf. {Alkermes}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect ({Kermes ilices} formerly {Coccus ilicis}), allied to the cochineal insect, and found on several species of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kermès — (kèr mès ) s. m. 1°   Terme d histoire naturelle. Petite coque ronde et rouge que forme la femelle du puceron dit coccus ilicis sur les feuilles, les tiges ou les branches d une espèce de chêne vert nommé quercus coccifera, L. ; cette coque donne …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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