cochineal insect


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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Carmine, a bright-red color, is created by crushing Armenian and Polish cochineal insects, species that are now endangered. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "Peek into the Colorful History of the World’s Largest Pigment Collection," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cochineal insect

1801, in the meaning defined above

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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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