cudbear definition by Webster's New World
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- a purple dye prepared from lichens
Origin: coined ; from Cuthbert by Dr. Cuthbert Gordon, 18th-c. British physician, who developed the dye
cudbear definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A purplish-red dye derived from certain lichens.
Origin: After Cuthbert Gordon, 18th-century Scottish chemist.