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a. a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
b. (as adjective): carmine paint
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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