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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Kermes

KERM'ES, noun In zoology, an insect produced in the excrescences of a species of small oak, or the body of an insect transformed into a grain, berry, or husk. This body is full of reddish juice, which

is used in dyeing red. Hence the word crimson.