Crimson is a strong, bright, deep reddish purple color. It originally meant the color of the Kermes dye produced from a scale insect, Kermes vermilio, but the name is now also used as a generic term for slightly bluish-red colors that are between red and rose; besides crimson itself, these colors include carmine, raspberry, ruddy, ruby, amaranth, and cerise.

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    The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, began screaming “Off with her head! Off with—”
    “Nonsense!” said Alice loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)

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    The invisible worm
    That flies in the night,
    In the howling storm,
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    William Blake (1757–1827)

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