- the dried bodies of the females of certain soft scale insects (genus Kermes), used for making a purple-red dye
- this dye
- a small, evergreen Mediterranean oak (Quercus coccifera) on which the kermes insects are foundalso kermes oak
Origin of kermesFrench kermès from Arabic and Persian qirmiz: see carmine
A red dyestuff once prepared from the dried bodies of various female scale insects of the genus Kermes.
Origin of kermesFrench kermès short for alkermès from Arabic al-qirmiz the kermes probably from Sanskrit k&rlowdot;mi-ja- (red dye) produced by worms ; see kw&rlowring;mi- in Indo-European roots.