bōc-rēad, n: book-red, vermilion (so named, because it was much used in ornamenting books); minium. (BOAK-RAY-ahd / ˈboːk-ˌreːad)

Medieval manuscript image of a full-page artistic combination of the letters L, I and B, that form the first part of the word “liber”, with other Latin writing in gold surrounding it; the big letters are gold with interlace designs and are outlined and ornamented with a red pigment.
Gospel book; France (Metz), late 10th century; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 9393, f. 29r. [iiif.biblissima.fr]

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