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a. a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
b. (as adjective): carmine paint



a red dye extracted from the bodies of wingless female cochineal insects. Carmine, a complex organic carminic acid, is extracted from the insects with hot water and acetic acid. It is soluble in water and alkalies. One gram of carmine is obtained from 150-175 insects. Carmine is used as a food coloring and a cosmetic dye. It is also used to stain microscopic specimens.

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The matter came to light when a Gulf News reader questioned the food colouring ingredient E120 found in several imported sweets, claiming that it was made of crushed insects.
Come by Booth E120, E217, and E118 to see this solution in action.
The Raymarine electronics package features three VHF radios, two 12-inch E120 color high definition displays, one forward facing and one aft facing camera on the Birdsall T-Top and an Ocean LED underwater camera.
That colt had sold for E70,000 at the 2007 Tattersalls Ireland November Sale, recouping much of the E120,000 he had cost inside his dam at the same venue a year earlier.
PAUL Nicholls plundered another Irish 'pot' when Dear Villez landed the E120,000 Ladbrokes.
They contain a common colourant called cochineal, otherwise known as carmine or E120.
41]Ca Instrument Last calibrated Calibration due Blank stock E120 A January 2003 April 2004 45 (15) 45 (15) E120 B September 2002 December 2003 30 (10) 30 (10) Table 2.
As for fortified wines, all ports except crusted port are treated using gelatine, and the colorant E120 cochineal used in red wines, soft drinks and Campari is produced by extracting the red body material from insects.
TerraSim will be exhibiting at ITEC, May 10 - 12, 2011 in Koln (Cologne) Germany - stand E120.
Deka Immobilien is reported to have spent around E120 million to E150 million on the project, which works out an average of around E1 million ($1.
The new combined German business will have E473 billion ($642 billion) in assets under custody and administration and a depot-banking volume of E120 billion ($163 billion).
MISTER Top Notch should make a bold bid to defy top-weight in the E120,000 Ladbrokes Munster National at Limerick tomorrow.