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Definition of "carmine" [car•mine]

  • A strong to vivid red. (noun)
  • A crimson pigment derived from cochineal. (noun)
  • Strong to vivid red. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carmine" in a sentence
  • "Red beverages -- including Campari and Tropicana Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice -- are often colored with cochineal, aka carmine, a dye derived from insects."
  • "Many cosmetics' ingredients include beeswax, especially lipsticks, as well as lanolin a derivative of sheep's wool, and carmine, which is produced from the bodies of bugs."
  • "Each is defined as a carmine lake, and published instructions to create them are similar; Schäffer also includes carmine in his hierarchy of red colors. 2 Schäffer's system suggests that the three are separate colors; did he learn their differences from his color merchant?"
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