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Meaning of kermes

ker•mes

Pronunciation: (kûr'mēz), [key]
— n.
  1. a red dye formerly prepared from the dried bodies of the females of a scale insect, Kermes ilices, which lives on small, evergreen oaks of the Mediterranean region.
  2. the oak itself, of the genus Quercus coccifera.
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