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Cinnabar   /sˈɪnəbˌɑr/   Listen

Of a vivid red to reddish-orange color.  Synonyms: Chinese-red, vermilion, vermillion.

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"Cinnabar" Quotes from Famous Books

... feint. Mark, they fix the fatal hook to the body—they drag him away to the spoliarium—they scatter new sand over the stage! Pansa regrets nothing more than that he is not rich enough to strew the arena with borax and cinnabar, as ...
— The Last Days of Pompeii • Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

... iron-ore is found also in the Sierra Nevada of Merida. Between the two peaks of the Silla, angular fragments of cellular quartz are found, covered with red oxide of iron. They do not act on the needle. This oxide is of a cinnabar-red colour.) ...
— Equinoctial Regions of America • Alexander von Humboldt

... to the second appellation. The colors of this picture are still quite fresh, a result which Signor Fiorelli attributes to his having caused a varnish of wax to be laid over the painting at the time of its discovery. Without some such protection the colors of these pictures soon decay; the cinnabar, or vermilion, especially, turns black after a few days' exposure ...
— Museum of Antiquity - A Description of Ancient Life • L. W. Yaggy

... all, to consider whether color exists. Liebmann holds that if all the people were blind to red, red would not exist; red, i. e., is some cervical phantasy. So are light, sound, warmth, taste, etc. With other senses we have another world. According to Helmholtz, it is senseless to ask whether cinnabar is red as we see it or is only so as an optical illusion. "The sensation of red is the normal reaction of normally constructed eyes to light reflected from cinnabar. A person blind to red, will see cinnabar ...
— Robin Hood • J. Walker McSpadden

... of my life and story— A dead year, and said, "I will hew thee a tomb! 'All the kings of the nations lie in glory;' Cased in cedar, and shut in a sacred gloom; Swathed in linen, and precious unguents old; Painted with cinnabar, and rich ...
— Poems by Jean Ingelow, In Two Volumes, Volume I. • Jean Ingelow

... to the classic magazine school, which ransacks the bowels of the earth for a new and terrible setting. Here the heroine, a beautiful Chinese girl, is discovered by the hero, a missionary, in the cinnabar caverns of Hang Yiu, where the workers have never seen the light of day, are mostly blind and spend the intervals of labour in opium sleep. I like this yarn and recommend it to the attention of anybody who feels that marital squabbles ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 5, 1920 • Various

... plane, and again with a prominent blunt or conic umbo. Sometimes the pileus is abruptly bent downward near the margin as shown in the plants in Fig. 155, giving the appearance of a "hip-roof." The surface is smooth, silky, with innate fibrils. Sometimes there are cinnabar stains on parts of the pileus, and often there are concentric rows of scales near the margin. The flesh is light yellowish and with stains of cinnabar. The gills are adnate, slightly sinuate, and decurrent ...
— Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. • George Francis Atkinson

... names of animals as symbols of certain mineral substances, and of representing operations in the laboratory by what may be called animal allegories. The yellow lion was the alchemical symbol of yellow sulphides, the red lion was synonymous with cinnabar, and the green lion meant salts of iron and of copper. Black sulphides were called eagles, and sometimes crows. When black sulphide of mercury is strongly heated, a red sublimate is obtained, which has the same composition as the black compound; if the ...
— The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry • M. M. Pattison Muir

Words linked to "Cinnabar" :   quicksilver, mineral, hg, chromatic, Callimorpha, mercury, arctiid moth, arctiid, hydrargyrum, genus Callimorpha, atomic number 80

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