cinnabar

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cinnabar \Cin"na*bar\, noun [L. cinnabaris, Gr. ?; prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Per. qinb[=a]r, Hind. shangarf.]

1. (Min.) Red sulphide of mercury, occurring in brilliant red crystals, and also in red or brown amorphous masses. It is used in medicine.

2. The artificial red sulphide of mercury used as a pigment; vermilion.

{Cinnabar Gr[ae]corum}. [L. Graecorum, gen. pl., of the Greeks.] (Med.) Same as {Dragon's blood}.

{Green cinnabar}, a green pigment consisting of the oxides of cobalt and zinc subjected to the action of fire.

{Hepatic cinnabar} (Min.), an impure cinnabar of a liver-brown color and submetallic luster.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cinnabar

adjective

1: of a vivid red to reddish-orange color [syn: {vermilion}, {vermillion}, {cinnabar}, {Chinese-red}]

noun

1: a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury

2: large red-and-black European moth; larvae feed on leaves of ragwort; introduced into United States to control ragwort [syn: {cinnabar}, {cinnabar moth}, {Callimorpha jacobeae}]

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