Webster 1913 Edition
cinnabaris, Gr. [GREEK]; prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Per.
Red sulphide of mercury, occurring in brilliant red crystals, and also in red or brown amorphous masses. It is used in medicine.
The artificial red sulphide of mercury used as a pigment; vermilion.
Graecorum, gen. pl., of the Greeks.]
a green pigment consisting of the oxides of cobalt and zinc subjected to the action of fire.–
an impure cinnabar of a liver-brown color and submetallic luster.
Webster 1828 Edition
cinnabar (countable and uncountable, plural cinnabars)
- A deep red mineral, mercuric sulfide, HgS; the principal ore of mercury; such ore used as the pigment vermilion.
- A bright red colour tinted with orange.
- (countable) A species of moth, Tyria jacobaeae, having red patches on its predominantly black wings.
2015, Norman Maclean, A Less Green and Pleasant Land, p. 223:
- There are a few day-flying exceptions such as hummingbird hawk-moths, silver Ys, cinnabars, scarlet tigers and burnets but, in general, knowledge of moths lags behind that of butterflies.
- 2015, Norman Maclean, A Less Green and Pleasant Land, p. 223:
- Short for "Cinnabar Panacea"; another name for the Elixir of Life.
- (moth): cinnabar moth
cinnabar (comparative more cinnabar, superlative most cinnabar)
- Of a bright red colour tinted with orange.
of a bright red colour
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:cinnabar.
- (reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine (Category: en:Reds)