- A rich red or crimson color with a shade of purple.
- A beautiful pigment, or a lake, of this color, prepared from cochineal, and used in miniature painting.
- [Chem] 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.
Etymology: F. carmincf. Sp. carmin, It. carminio), contr. from LL. carmesinus purple color. See Crimson