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.