Etymology
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carmine (n.)

1712, "pure red dyestuff obtained from cochineal," from French carmin (12c.), from Medieval Latin carminium, from Arabic qirmiz "crimson" (see kermes, also compare crimson (n.)). Form influenced in Latin by minium "red lead, cinnabar," a word said to be of Iberian origin. As an adjective from 1737; as a color name from 1799. Related: Carminic.

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Definitions of carmine
1
carmine (v.)
color carmine;
2
carmine (n.)
a variable color averaging a vivid red;
Synonyms: cardinal
3
carmine (adj.)
of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies;
Synonyms: red / reddish / ruddy / blood-red / cerise / cherry / cherry-red / crimson / ruby / ruby-red / scarlet
From wordnet.princeton.edu