Origin of archilMiddle English orchell from Old French orchel from Italian orcello from Classical Latin urceolaris (herba), (plant) used for polishing glass pitchers from urceolus, diminutive of urceus, pitcher
Variant of orchil
- A violet dye obtained from several species of lichen (Roccella tinctoria, etc.), which grow on maritime rocks in the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, etc.
- The plant from which the dye is obtained.