Friday, June 19, 2009


crimson \ˈkrim-zən\ noun: any of several deep purplish reds

Etymology: Middle English crimisin, from Old Spanish cremesín, from Arabic qirmizī, from qirmiz kermes

Today’s entry may not be a fancy ten-dollar word, but notice its etymology; crimson comes from kermes, the Mediterranean insects from yesterday’s post that give us a red dye.

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