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Kerinci
Kerintji
kerion
Kerioth
KERIOTH-HEZRON
Kerish
Kerite
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Kermadec Islands
Kerman
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Kermes mineral definitions

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Kermes Ker"mes, n. [Ar. & Per. girmiz. See Crimson, and cf. Alkermes.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect (Coccus ilicis), allied to the cochineal insect, and found on several species of oak near the Mediterranean. They are round, about the size of a pea, contain coloring matter analogous to carmine, and are used in dyeing. They were anciently thought to be of a vegetable nature, and were used in medicine. [Written also chermes.] 2. (Bot.) A small European evergreen oak (Quercus coccifera) on which the kermes insect (Coccus ilicis) feeds. --J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants). Kermes mineral. (a) (Old Chem.) An artificial amorphous trisulphide of antimony; -- so called on account of its red color. (b) (Med. Chem.) A compound of the trioxide and trisulphide of antimony, used in medicine. This substance occurs in nature as the mineral kermesite.



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