• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vermilion of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
    • v vermilion color vermilion
    • n vermilion a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vermilion (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.
    • Vermilion Hence, a red color like the pigment; a lively and brilliant red; as, cheeks of vermilion .
    • v. t Vermilion To color with vermilion, or as if with vermilion; to dye red; to cover with a delicate red.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vermilion The kermes- or cochineal-insect; also, the product of cochineal; worm-dye.
    • n vermilion The red sulphid of mercury, or the mineral cinnabar, occurring in nature of a red-brown to a carmine-red color; also, a pigment formerly made by grinding selected pieces of native cinnabar, but now made artificially. The pigment is produced in two ways, In the wet way mercury, sulphur, potash, and water are mixed together in proper proportions, put into horizontal iron cylinders containing agitators, and stirred constantly for about an hour. The mass first turns black, then brick-red, and finally acquires the desired vermilion-red color. The potash is simply a carrier, and does not enter into the composition of the finished product.
    • n vermilion A color such as that of the above pigment; a beautiful brilliant red color.
    • n vermilion A cotton cloth dyed with vermilion.
    • n vermilion Same as vermeil, 4.
    • vermilion Of the color of vermilion; of the brilliant pure-red color common in the bloom of the single scarlet geranium: as, a vermilion dye.
    • vermilion To color with or as with vermilion; dye red; cover or suffuse with a bright red.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vermilion ver-mil′yun a bright-red pigment obtained from cinnabar, but generally made artificially from mercury and sulphur: any beautiful red colour:
    • adj Vermilion of the colour of vermilion
    • v.t Vermilion to dye vermilion: to colour a delicate red
    • n Vermilion ver-mil′yun (obs.) the kermes or cochineal insect, also the product of cochineal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vermillon,. See Vermeil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. vermillonvermeil—L. vermiculus, a little worm, hence (in the Vulgate) the 'scarlet' worm, dim. of vermis, a worm.


In literature:

Here is another and a better comparsa, of mulattoes, with cheeks of flaming vermilion, wigs of yellow tow, and false beards.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
The tiny round pink spots covered his face and then ran together into a general vermilion.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
As it struck the center of the square it turned a bright vermilion.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The legs and bill are vermilion.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
In general appearance they did not compare favorably with the Kickapoos of the Vermilion river.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
For an hour or more he was engaged alternately writing and carefully reading various papers sealed with vermilion wafers.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
There was a trembling all through her, as in live coal when its vivid vermilion is hottest.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Red was profusely used and varies from a light vermilion to a deep maroon.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
Eosin may be said to be a modifier of vermilion or vermilion of eosin.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
Redman's face was flushed a dull vermilion, his eyes glittered with ruby glints, and his breath came faster.
"Noble Redman" by Jesse Franklin Bone

In poetry:

And on from thence to Ispahan,
The gilded garden of the sun,
Whence the long dusty caravan
Brings cedar and vermilion;
"Ave Imperatrix" by Oscar Wilde
Vermilion wings, by distance held
To pause aflight while fleeting swift:
And high aloft the pearl inshelled
Her lucid glow in glow will lift;
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
As vain it were, with artful dye,
To change the bloom thy cheeks disclose;
And, oh! may Laura, ere she try,
With fresh vermilion paint the rose.
"Ode to a Young Lady" by William Shenstone
unset worn to its last vermilion he;
She that star overhead in slow descent:
That white star with the front of angel she;
He undone in his rays of glory spent
"Union In Disseverance" by George Meredith
Beloved, in your absence I have told
My love for you to every little flower--
Vermilion, pink and purple, red and gold--
That blossoms in our fragrant-hearted bower.
"A Lover in Damascus" by Charles Hanson Towne
When I view the deep tint of the dew-dropping Rose,
Where the bee sits enamour'd its nectar to sip;
Then, ah say, will not memory fondly disclose
The softer vermilion that glow'd on HIS lip?
"Stanzas to Love" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold an open house at the Tower Civic Center on Friday, July 20, from 5 - 7 pm, to gather public input on the development plans for Lake Vermilion State Park.
It's open — the Vermilion River dam.
I visited the opening ceremony for the Vermilion today.
The deal for the Vermilion .
Lake Vermilion , near the Boundary Waters in northeastern Minnesota.
A food lover's French connection at Vermilion 's Chez Francois: Tastemakers.
A little more than 2 years ago, Gov Tim Pawlenty announced a plan to create a state park at Lake Vermilion , about 90 miles north of Duluth.
This map shows the outline of the proposed Lake Vermilion state park, in black.
According to Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources news release you can comment on the proposed state park at Lake Vermilion until December 31st.
Vermilion Cajun Seafood & Grill.
( Vermilion Anthem) – Ragin Cajun Song.
Vermilion acts for students.
Soccer player Savannah Kuntz of Vermilion High School is the athlete of the week.
On the soccer field with senior Savannah Kuntz of Vermilion High School.
Bayou Vermilion District's First Boat Parade Adding Recreation to Cajun Culture.

In science:

Vermilion, “Jet Substructure at the Large Hadron Collider: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” 1101.1335.
Introduction to QCD