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Meaning of VERMILION

Pronunciation:  vur'milyun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
  2. [adj]  of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
  3. [v]  color vermilion

VERMILION is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: Chinese-red, chromatic, cinnabar, orange red, scarlet, vermillion
 See Also: red, redden, redness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ver*mil"ion\, n. [F. vermillon. See {Vermeil}.]
    1. (Chem.) 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.
    Note: The kermes insect has long been used for dyeing red or
          scarlet. It was formerly known as the worm dye,
          vermiculus, or vermiculum, and the cloth was called
          vermiculatia. Hence came the French vermeil for any red
          dye, and hence the modern name vermilion, although the
          substance it denotes is very different from the kermes,
          being a compound of mercury and sulphur. --R. Hunt.
    2. Hence, a red color like the pigment; a lively and
       brilliant red; as, cheeks of vermilion.
  2. \Ver*mil"ion\, v. t.
    To color with vermilion, or as if with vermilion; to dye red;
    to cover with a delicate red.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Red part of the lip.