Cochineal-insect meaning

Any of several scale insects of the family Dactylopiidae, especially Dactylopius coccus, that feed on prickly pear cacti and range from the southwest United States to Central America.
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Any of a family (Dactylopiidae) of scale insects, esp. one (Dactylopius coccus) that has a brilliant-red bodily fluid, feeds on certain cactuses, is found chiefly in Mexico, and was formerly much used as a source of cochineal.
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