Origin: Fr carmin < ML carminium < Ar qirmiz, crimson (< Sans kṛimiǧā, insect-produced < kṛmi, worm, insect: the dye comes from crushed insects: see cochineal); form infl. by L minium, cinnabar red
See carmine in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French carmin
Origin: , from Medieval Latin carminium
Origin: , probably blend of Arabic qirmiz, kermes; see kermes
Origin: , and Latin minium, cinnabar; see minium.
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