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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vermeil \Ver"meil\, n. [F., vermilion, fr. LL. vermiculus, fr. L. vermiculus a little worm, the coccus Indicus, from vermis a worm. See Worm, and cf. Vermicule.] 1. Vermilion; also, the color of vermilion, a bright, beautiful red. [Poetic & R.] [1913 Webster] In her cheeks the vermeill red did show Like roses in a bed of lilies shed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Silver gilt or gilt bronze. [1913 Webster] 3. A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold. --Knight. [1913 Webster]