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1. Vermilion or a similar bright red color.
2. (vĕr-mā′) Gilded silver, bronze, or copper.
Bright red in color.
[Middle English vermail, from Old French vermeil, from Late Latin vermiculus, a kind of red worm, from Latin, grub, diminutive of vermis, worm; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Metallurgy) gilded silver, bronze, or other metal, used esp in the 19th century
2. (Art Terms) gilded silver, bronze, or other metal, used esp in the 19th century
b. (as adjective): vermeil shoes.
[C15: from Old French, from Late Latin vermiculus insect (of the genus Kermes) or the red dye prepared from it, from Latin: little worm]
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ver•meil(ˈvɜr mɪl, -meɪl or, esp. for 2, vərˈmeɪ)
1. vermilion red.
2. metal, as silver or bronze, that has been gilded.adj.
3. of the color vermilion.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin vermiculus kermes (insect and dye), Latin: larva, grub; see vermicular]
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