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cochineal

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noun co·chi·neal \ˈkä-chə-ˌnēl, ˈkō-\

Definition of cochineal

  1. 1 :  a red dye consisting of the dried bodies of female cochineal insects

  2. 2 :  cochineal insect



Origin of cochineal

Middle French & Spanish; Middle French cochenille, from Old Spanish cochinilla cochineal insect


First Known Use: 1582


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cochineal

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noun co·chi·neal \ˈkäch-ə-ˌnēl, ˈkō-chə-\

Medical Definition of cochineal

  1. :  a red dye consisting of the dried bodies of female cochineal insects used especially as a biological stain and as an indicator




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