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cinnabar


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cinnabar  \Cin"na*bar\,  n.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cinnabar 
  n  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  moth},  {Callimorpha  jacobeae}] 




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