Thursday, June 18, 2009


kermes \ˈkər-(ˌ)mēz\ noun: 1. the dried bodies of the females of various scale insects (genus Kermes) that are found on a Mediterranean oak (Quercus coccifera) and constitute a red dyestuff, 2. the red dye made therefrom

Etymology: French kermès, from Arabic qirmiz kermes

You guessed it—these guys are related to cochineal insects.

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