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Definition of carmine:

  1. A beautiful pigment, or a lake, of this color, prepared from cochineal, and used in miniature painting.
  2. A rich red or crimson color with a shade of purple.
  3. The essential coloring principle of cochineal, extracted as a purple- red amorphous mass. It is a glucoside and possesses acid properties; - hence called also carminic acid.


sanguine, cardinal grosbeak, blood-red, red, crimson, chromatic, red-faced, cherry red, reddish, florid, cardinal number, violent, ruby-red, rubicund, ruddy, cerise, ruby, scarlet, redbird, reddened, cardinal, cherry.

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