annatto

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noun an·nat·to \ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of annatto

  1. 1 :  a yellowish-red dyestuff made from the pulp around the seeds of a tropical American tree (Bixa orellana)

  2. 2 :  the tree from which annatto is derived; also :  its dried seed used to color and flavor food

Origin and Etymology of annatto

Carib annoto tree producing annatto


First Known Use: 1629


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annatto

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noun an·nat·to \ə-ˈnät-(ˌ)ō, -ˈnat-\

Medical Definition of annatto

  1. :  a yellowish red dyestuff made from the pulp around the seeds of a tropical tree (Bixa orellana of the family Bixaceae) and used especially for coloring oils, butter, and cheese


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