cochenille

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French cochenille, cossenille, probably borrowed from Spanish cochinilla, itself probably a diminutive of cochino. Other proposed etymologies, such as Latin coccinus through the intermediate of Italian cocciniglia, or Ancient Greek κόκκινος (kókkinos) through a Spanish intermediate, are less likely.

Noun[edit]

cochenille f (plural cochenilles)

  1. cochineal (insect & pigment)

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