Definitions of vermillion

  1. of a vivid red to reddish- orange color

Usage examples for vermillion

  1. The hair smoothed up on all sides, not very different from that of the Chinese; and though their faces were painted with white lead and vermillion, it was evident their skins were much fairer than those of the former. – Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton by John Barrow
  2. 4, 1861 Aug. 14, 1861 Killed near Vermillion, La. – The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry by Samuel H. Fletcher
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Sir Alexander Mackenzie inscribed in large characters, with vermillion, this brief memorial, on the rocks of the Pacific, " Alexander Mackenzie from Canada by land the 22nd of July, 1794." Who will be the first engineer to inscribe upon the Rocky Mountains " On this day engineer A. B. piloted the first locomotive engine across the Rocky Mountains;" and what then will be the feeling of Englishmen, when even now Steam is considered the " exclusive offspring of British genius, fostered and sustained by British enterprise and British capital!" – A Letter from Major Robert Carmichael-Smyth to His Friend, the Author of 'The Clockmaker' by Robert Carmichael-Smyth
  6. 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
  7. Days and weeks and months they sped, Painting that foreign clime A beautiful, bright vermillion red- And having a - of a time! – Hoosier Lyrics by Eugene Field
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Vermillion, did you say? – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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