Definition of cochineal
1 : a red dye consisting of the dried bodies of female cochineal insects
2 : cochineal insect
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Starbucks was using what is called a cochineal dye, which is a natural dye derived from insects, to color its strawberry Frappuccinos.
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Origin and Etymology of cochineal
Medieval French & Spanish; Medieval French cochenille, from Old Spanish cochinilla cochineal insect
First Known Use: 1582See Words from the same year
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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