cochineal

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Etymology[edit]

From French cochenille[1], from Ancient Greek κόκκινος (kókkinos, red tint), from κόκκος, from Latin coccus (berry or grain)[2] (term applied to Kermes quercus, a scale insect used in the production of red dye)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑtʃəˈniəl/

Noun[edit]

cochineal (plural cochineals)

  1. A species of insect (Dactylopius coccus).
  2. A vivid red dye made from the bodies of cochineal insects.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  2. ^ Notes and Queries: Series 2, Volume 9, p. 477. William Thoms (ed.) Oxford University Press 1860