What does carmine mean?

Definitions for carmine
ˈkɑr mɪn, -maɪncarmine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cardinal, carmine(adj)

    a variable color averaging a vivid red

  2. red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet(verb)

    of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

  3. carmine(verb)

    color carmine


  1. carmine(Noun)

    A purplish-red pigment, made from dye obtained from the cochineal beetle; carminic acid or any of its derivatives

  2. carmine(Adjective)

    of the purplish red colour shade carmine.

  3. Origin: From carmin, from irregular carminium, itself from قرمز (from Sanskrit krimiga "insect-produced", from कृमि), plus or with influence from minium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carmine(noun)

    a rich red or crimson color with a shade of purple

  2. Carmine(noun)

    a beautiful pigment, or a lake, of this color, prepared from cochineal, and used in miniature painting

  3. Carmine(noun)

    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

  4. Origin: [F. carmin (cf. Sp. carmin, It. carminio), contr. from LL. carmesinus purple color. See Crimson.]


  1. Carmine

    Carmine, also called Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120, is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid, which is produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal scale and the Polish cochineal, and is used as a general term for a particularly deep-red color of the same name. Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, crimson ink, rouge, and other cosmetics, and is routinely added to food products such as yogurt and certain brands of juice, the most notable ones being those of the ruby-red variety. To prepare carmine, the powdered scale insect bodies are boiled in ammonia or a sodium carbonate solution, the insoluble matter is removed by filtering, and alum is added to the clear salt solution of carminic acid to precipitate the red aluminium salt, called "carmine lake" or "crimson lake." Purity of color is ensured by the absence of iron. Stannous chloride, citric acid, borax, or gelatin may be added to regulate the formation of the precipitate. For shades of purple, lime is added to the alum; thus, the traditional crimson color is guaranteed not only by carminic acid but also by choice of its chelating metal salt ion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carmine

    kär′mīn, n. the red colouring principle obtained from the cochineal insect. [Fr. or Sp. carmin—Sp. carmesí, crimson—Ar. qirmazi, crimson. Same root as Crimson.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Carmine

    Coloring matter from the insect Coccus cacti L. It is used in foods, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, etc., as a dye, and also has use as a microscopic stain and biological marker.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carmine in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carmine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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