Glossary beginning with K

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kermessearch for term

A scale insect used for dyeing scarlet, crimson and purple throughout Europe in the middle ages and renaissance. Eventually replaced by its New World relative, cochineal, in the 16th century.

Synonyms: grana, vermiculum, Cocci Grana
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An ancient greek measurement of capacity, about 0.27 liters. Four Kotylai were equal to one choenix.

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An unknown red dye, possibly related to kermes. It may have been a different scale insect, or an inferior form of kermes.