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 and Etymology of cochineal

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


First Known Use: 1582


Medical Dictionary

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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