A species of insect (Dactylopius coccus).
- Dactylopius coccus
- cochineal insect
Other Word Forms of Cochineal
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)
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