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Definitions of cinnabar

  1. large red-and-black European moth; larvae feed on leaves of ragwort; introduced into United States to control ragwort Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A compound of sulphur with mercury. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Red sulphuret of mercury; vermilion; dragons blood, the gum of an Indian tree. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. The native red sulphuret of mercury; the artificial cinnabar of commerce is called vermilion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. of a vivid red to reddish-orange color Scrapingweb Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for cinnabar

  1. We read in the Historical Record, under date 133 B. C., of a man who appeared at court and persuaded the Emperor that gold could be made out of cinnabar or red sulphide of mercury; and that if dishes made of the gold thus produced were used for food, the result would be prolongation of life, even to immortality. – China and the Chinese by Herbert Allen Giles
  2. He lived on cinnabar and wore no clothing. – The Chinese Fairy Book by Various
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