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kermes

a small evergreen Eurasian oak tree, Quercus coccifera, with prickly leaves resembling holly: the host plant of kermes scale insects
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This work, I believe, has potential as stage material for a literary satire, especially now when all the demons that only peeked out into the public space at the time of this ugly campaign are at the present running full force their bloody kermess on the Yugoslav political stage.
Except that the figures are undressed, the revel could be a Kermess, or peasants' fair in the Netherlands.
Carmin is a dye made from the dried bodies of female cochineals--in French, kermes, an obvious homonym of Roubaud's kermesse (my thanks to Roy Nelson for this intriguing analysis of Roubaud's line).