cinnabar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cinnabar of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
    • n cinnabar large red-and-black European moth; larvae feed on leaves of ragwort; introduced into United States to control ragwort
    • n cinnabar a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cinnabar (Min) Red sulphide of mercury, occurring in brilliant red crystals, and also in red or brown amorphous masses. It is used in medicine.
    • Cinnabar The artificial red sulphide of mercury used as a pigment; vermilion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cinnabar Red Sulphid of mercury. Native cinnabar is a compact, very heavy mineral, sometimes finely crystallized, but more generally massive, occurring in Spain, Hungary, Chili, Mexico, California, Japan, etc.; it is the principal and most valuable ore of the mercury of commerce, which is prepared from it by sublimation. Artificial cinnabar, prepared by subliming a mixture of mercury and sulphur, is an amorphous powder, brighter than the native cinnabar; it is used as a pigment, and is more usually called vermilion. Hepatic cinnabar is an impure variety of a liver-brown color and submetallic luster.
    • n cinnabar A red resinous juice obtained from an East Indian tree, Calamus Draco, formerly used as an astringent; dragon's-blood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cinnabar sin′a-bar sulphuret of mercury, called vermilion when used as a pigment
    • adj Cinnabar vermilion-coloured
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cinnabaris, Gr. ; prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Per. qinbār, Hind. shangarf,

Usage

In literature:

Only one deposit of cinnabar has so far been discovered, that was in 1867.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
The chief mineral of mercury, from which probably over 95 per cent of the world's mercury comes, is the brilliant red sulphide, cinnabar.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Quicksilver is abundant from extensive veins of cinnabar in the province of Mancha.
"The Mines and its Wonders" by W.H.G. Kingston
We find among them different shades of the same color, several reds, for instance, as sinopis, cinnabar, and others.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The stem is equal or tapering downward, glabrous, solid, sometimes stuffed, cinnabar-red.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Nareda has only one large cinnabar lode being worked.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The principal mineral products of Mexico are iron, tin, cinnabar, silver, gold, alum, sulphur, and lead.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
In the establishment of his cinnabar mine some years before, Spawn was originally financed by Perona.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
He lived on cinnabar and wore no clothing.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The stones sparkled white in the sunshine with quartz; they were all stained red with cinnabar.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Manganese manganese Mercury mercury Ethiops mineral, cinnabar.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Authentic news has been received of the desertion of Cinnabar.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She was the girl of the cinnabar boat, the girl that had glanced upward from the evil decks.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
It is sometimes adulterated with cinnabar, starch and other materials; from these the carmine can be separated by dissolving it in ammonia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
Lastly, you find there mines of cinnabar (sulphur of mercury), from which they extract a large quantity of mercury.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Then he was to return, flag the down train from Cinnabar, and send the stuff on to me at Livingston.
"Down the Yellowstone" by Lewis R. Freeman
The residuum consists of a violet-coloured powder, which, by sublimation, is converted into cinnabar.
"Heads of Lectures on a Course of Experimental Philosophy: Particularly Including Chemistry" by Joseph Priestley
Apart from native quicksilver, Agricola adequately describes cinnabar only.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
In these sheds they saw huge furnaces, piles of cinnabar and stores of mercury.
"Froth" by Armando Palacio Valdés
The heavy cinnabar makes a more powerful binding medium necessary, the best being a paste of starch or a solution of gum-arabic.
"The Progress of the Marbling Art" by Josef Halfer
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In poetry:

A bonny bird I found today
Mired in a melt of tar;
Its silky breast was silver-grey,
Its wings were cinnabar.
So still it lay right in the way
Of every passing car.
"Old Boy Scout" by Robert W Service
I heard a vesper-sparrow sing,
Withdrawn, it seemed, into the far
Slow sunset's tranquil cinnabar;
The crimson, softly smoldering
Behind the trees, with its one star.
"Dusk In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Colors include cinnabar, black lacquer, gold and tortoise.
Jade-colored toile in an Asian motif with cinnabar accents was a detail in a bedroom designed by Tobi Fairley and Landon Shockey.
THREE CHEERS are in order for the cast of Cinnabar Theater's production of Three Tall Women-- brava, brava, brava.
Get a taste of the Santa Cruz Mountains' best at Cinnabar Winery Tasting Room.
Cinnabar delivers a boozing, fighting, fornicating Kurt Weill tribute.
Original Sins Cinnabar's staging of 'Cabaret' transcends.
Cinnabar lets loose with larcenous Fo farce.
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In science:

The drosophila melanogaster cinnabar gene is a cell autonomous genetic marker in aedes aegypti (diptera: Culicidae).
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
The typical representatives of these crystals are α-quartz, cinnabar, tellurium, selen, camphor and benzil.
The Revised Quantum Mechanical Theory of the Optical Activity of Crystals
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