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Definitions of vermillion

  1. of a vivid red to reddish- orange color
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Usage examples for vermillion

  1. The other parts of the funeral rites are thus: As soon as the party is dead they lay the corpse upon a piece of bark in the sun, seasoning or embalming it with a small root beaten to powder, which looks as red as vermillion; the same is mixed with bear's oil to beautify the hair. – A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 87-204 by H. C. Yarrow
  2. At his side squatted a little hunchbacked figure, in whom I had no difficulty in recognising Imbozwi, although he had painted his scorched scalp white with vermillion spots and adorned his snub nose with a purple tip, his dress of ceremony I presume. – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  3. Somewhere in the vicinity Grace Ferrall had discovered a woman who supported dozens of relatives by painting that sort of thing for the summer residents at Vermillion Point down the coast. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  4. Before the advance of the trader's canoe, painted vermillion like his establishment and flying over the water under the paddle strokes of his six men, Signet took himself hastily overboard with the rest. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  5. The summer was at its full and the wheat- fields of the Vermillion River Valley were all but ready for the harvester before Badgy began to feel a yearning for his own kind and the freedom of the open prairie. – The Biography of a Prairie Girl by Eleanor Gates
  6. In the morning when they arose, the sister always combed their long black silken scalp locks and painted the circle around the scalp lock a bright vermillion. – Myths and Legends of the Sioux by Marie L. McLaughlin
  7. In this plight, and the last funeral honors having been performed by the medicine- men, every warrior of his band painted the palm and fingers of his right hand with vermillion, which was stamped and perfectly impressed on the milk- white sides of his devoted horse. – A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 87-204 by H. C. Yarrow
  8. The elders that have brought her there cover her with a very large white skin, and colour her leggs with vermillion and her feet likewise, and so she is received amongst the Predestinates. – Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson by Peter Esprit Radisson
  9. A beautiful red ink may also be prepared for this purpose by mixing half an ounce of vermillion, and a dram of the salt of steel, with as much linseed oil as will make it of a proper consistency, either to use with a pen or a hair pencil. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  10. But, after school " took up" in the fall, the glade rang with the laughter and shouts of the scholars, and the antelope crossed the Vermillion and traveled to the rugged country farther west, where, when the snow fell and hid the dried grass, they could browse off the bushes; and the school- house did not topple any more, for its deep coal- bins, which were built against the wall by the door, were full to the brim. – The Biography of a Prairie Girl by Eleanor Gates
  11. Warriors danced and chanted war songs, Stamped and shouted, waved their war clubs, With the war paint on their bodies, Black and yellow and vermillion. – The Legends of San Francisco by George W. Caldwell
  12. If you can make an atomic bomb from vermillion pigments, then Madame Curie was a misguided scrubwoman. – A Filbert Is a Nut by Rick Raphael
  13. In 1854 he was appointed Auditor of Vermillion County, and in 1856 was elected to the same position. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  14. The data, on which the volcanoes historically known to have been in action, have been marked with vermillion, were given in a note to the last chapter. – Coral-Reefs by Darwin, Charles
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