KERM'ES, n. In zoology, an insect produced in the excrescences of a species of small oak, or the body of an insect transformed into a grain, berry, or husk. This body is full of reddish juice, which
is used in dyeing red. Hence the word crimson.
KERM'ES, n. [Ar. قِرْمِرٌ kirmiran Coccus baphica. Castell.]
In zoology, an obsolete name of the Coccus Ilicis, an insect produced upon the Quercus Ilex, a small species of oak growing in the South of Europe. This body is full of reddish juice, which is used in dyeing red. Hence the word crimson.
- The dried bodies of the
females of a scale insect (Coccus ilicis), allied to the
cochineal insect, and found on several species of oak near the
Mediterranean. 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
- A genus of scale insects including many species that feed
on oaks. The adult female resembles a small gall.
- A small European evergreen
oak (Quercus coccifera) on which the kermes insect (Coccus