- 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 amp; 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.