One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A vivid crimson colour.as modifier ‘carmine roses’
scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby-red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine-red, wine-coloured, claret, claret-red, claret-coloured, blood-redView synonyms
- ‘Their value as ornamental plants is contained in their intricately patterned and colourful foliage which ranges from jade green with cyclamen veins; chartreuse with carmine veins; and Sherwood green with silver veins.’
- ‘Everyone has a different idea of what is meant by colours such as apricot, cherry, peach, cerise or carmine.’
- ‘His sensuous mouth is constrained, his carmine lips almost quiver.’
- ‘The flowers were crimson, carmine, vermillion.’
- ‘Instead of being the customary deep red, it was an odd carmine colour.’
- ‘However, the most picturesque of all bee-eaters in the world is the crimson plumaged carmine bee-eater, which I had seen once - in a bare, dark thorny tree in Masai Mara, Kenya.’
- ‘Its leaves are sometimes tinged with pink or cream and the large, flat, long lasting flowerheads are carmine pink and carried from July to September.’
- ‘She closed the folder and licked her carmine lips in a rare gesture of apprehension.’
- ‘Caleb woke up with a great big yawn, his carmine tongue flicking over the roof of his mouth.’
- ‘Birdlife is rich with African skimmers, fish eagles, many types of heron and colonies of carmine bee-eaters.’
- ‘This spiraea is common and sometimes derided because of this, but it is an easy-to-grow deciduous shrub with attractive reddish young leaves that mature to dark green and lovely deep carmine pink flowers from mid to late summer.’
- ‘In the pictures of girls - Miss Catherine Tatton is an extreme example - black and carmine are applied so crisply that you would, today, think of mascara and lipstick.’
- ‘Two long wagons appeared in the square, ridden by the priests in their flowing carmine robes.’
- ‘Colonies of carmine bee eaters nested in holes in the sand banks.’
- ‘There are also other colors such as carmine red, purple with white eyes, and Cambridge blue.’
- ‘If the set is entirely monochromatic the costumes use vivid colour - luscious carmine reds, particularly for the lovers.’
- ‘They are small in scale and feature extensive use of gold and brilliant, rich and sparkling colors like ultramarine, Prussian blue, indigo, violet, purple, carmine and tangerine.’
- ‘A pungent smell but they [lychees] taste sweeter than you think, translucent like jelly but firmer, and peeling the dusky carmine skin of a lychee is a most satisfactory business.’
- ‘When the petals fall, the 2-inch carmine fruit develops, revealing scarlet seeds.’
- ‘The flames were as expected - carmine, saffron, vermilion.’
- 1.1 A vivid crimson pigment made from cochineal.
- ‘The customer relations representative assured us that carmine and cochineal are natural colors, and correctly so.’
- ‘Also seek out natural sugar substitutes like stevia and natural food colors like annatto, carmine, carotene, and turmeric.’
- ‘Peru produces 80 percent of it as raw insect and only 18 percent in the form of carmine.’
- ‘The carmine is used in an aqueous solution with potassium carbonate and potassium chloride. Glycogen stains bright red.’
- ‘It produces the colorant cochineal, otherwise known as carmine or E120.’
Early 18th century: from French carmin, based on Arabic qirmiz (see kermes). Compare with crimson.
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