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Friday words: Vermeil and vermilion

ver·meil noun

1: vermilion
2: gilded silver
— vermeil adjective

Middle French, from vermeil, adjective

First Known Use: 1530

ver·mil·ion noun \vər-ˈmil-yən\

1: a bright red pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide; broadly : any of various red pigments
2: a vivid reddish orange

Middle English vermilioun, from Anglo-French vermeilloun, from vermeil, adjective, bright red, vermilion, from Late Latin vermiculus kermes, from Latin, little worm

First Known Use:
13th century


Vermilion is used in the poem "The Windhover" by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which you can read here
Tags: adjective, latin, middle english, middle french, noun, v, wordsmith: med_cat

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