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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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Carmines was hired by the company as director of commercial dealership finance.
22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BMO Harris announced today that its Dealership Finance team is expanding into Virginia with the hiring of Jeff Carmines as Director, Commercial Dealership Finance, BMO Harris Bank.
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