archil

noun
ar·​chil | \ ˈär-chəl How to pronounce archil (audio) \

Definition of archil

1 : a violet dye obtained from lichens (genera Roccella and Lecanora)
2 : a lichen that yields archil

First Known Use of archil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for archil

Middle English orchell

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archil

noun
ar·​chil | \ ˈär-chəl How to pronounce archil (audio) \
variants: also orchil \ ˈȯr-​ How to pronounce orchil (audio) \

Medical Definition of archil

1 : a violet dye obtained from lichens (genera Rocella and Lecanora) — see cudbear
2 : a lichen that yields archil

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