Parked in North Prince’s street His Majesty’s vermilion mailcars, bearing on their sides the royal initials, E. R., received loudly flung sacks of letters, postcards, lettecards, parcels, insured and paid, for local, provincial, British and overseas delivery.
We should not be interrogated about the exact words used in a conversation or the precise colour of the sky on any particular day. Our best efforts may turn up violet, when our mother insists on vermillion.
(Kristina Olsson, ‘On writing Boy, Lost’, Southerly 75.2)
At the Poetry Counter, which looked unbrushed and obscure, and bore no large excitable placards in modern type, he made a few passes over the Augustan Series, and a nice set of Browning in vermilion leather covers.
(Robin Hyde, The Godwits Fly, 23)
the Indian wild beast called the ‘martichoras’ has a triple row of teeth in both upper and lower jaw; that it is as big as a lion and equally hairy, and that its feet resemble those of the lion; that it resembles man in its face and ears; that its eyes are blue, and its colour vermilion
(Aristotle, The History of Animals 2, tr. D’A. W. Thompson)