Cochineal meaning

kŏchə-nēl, kŏchə-nēl, kōchə-, kōchə-
A red colorant, whose primary constituent is carminic acid, that is made of the dried and pulverized bodies of female cochineal insects and is used to color food and cosmetics.
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A vivid red.
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A red dye made from the dried bodies of female cochineal insects: used, esp. formerly, in coloring foods, cosmetics, etc.
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A species of insect (Dactylopius coccus).
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A vivid red dye made from the bodies of cochineal insects.
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Origin of cochineal

  • French cochenille from Spanish cochinilla cochineal insect probably from Vulgar Latin coccinella from feminine diminutive of Latin coccinus scarlet from Greek kokkinos from kokkos kermes berry (from its use in making scarlet dye)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French cochenille, from Ancient Greek κόκκινος (kokkinos, “red tint”), from κόκκος, from Latin coccus (“berry or grain”) (term applied to coccus quercus, a scale insect used in the production of red dye)

    From Wiktionary