cochineal

noun co·chi·neal \ ˈkä-chə-ˌnēl , ˈkō- \

Definition of cochineal

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

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Origin and Etymology of cochineal

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


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cochineal

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

medical Definition of cochineal

: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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