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 for Kermes
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kermes \Ker"mes\, n. [Ar. & Per. girmiz. See Crimson, and cf.
     Alkermes.]
     1. (Zool.) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect
        ({Kermes ilices formerly Coccus ilicis), allied to the
        cochineal insect, and found on several species of oak near
        the Mediterranean; also, the dye obtained from them. They
        are round, about the size of a pea, contain coloring
        matter analogous to carmine, and are used in dyeing. They
        were anciently thought to be of a vegetable nature, and
        were used in medicine. [Written also chermes.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Bot.) A small European evergreen oak ({Quercus
        coccifera) on which the kermes insect ({Kermes ilices},
        formerly Coccus ilicis) feeds. --J. Smith (Dict. Econ.
        Plants).
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Zool.) [NL.] A genus of scale insects including many
        species that feed on oaks. The adult female resembles a
        small gall.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Kermes mineral.
        (a) (Old Chem.) An artificial amorphous trisulphide of
            antimony; -- so called on account of its red color.
        (b) (Med. Chem.) A compound of the trioxide and
            trisulphide of antimony, used in medicine. This
            substance occurs in nature as the mineral kermesite.
            [1913 Webster]

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