cochineal insect

noun

Definition of cochineal insect

: a small red cactus-feeding scale insect (Dactylopius coccus) the females of which are the source of cochineal

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1801

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cochineal insect

noun

medical Definition of cochineal insect

: a small bright red cactus-feeding scale insect (Dactylopius coccus) the females of which are the source of cochineal

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