Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several lichens, chiefly of the genera Roccella and Lecanora, from which a dye is obtained.
  • n. The violet dyestuff obtained from any of these organisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several lichens, especially those of the genera Roccella and Lecanora.
  • n. The dye, orcein, extracted from them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See archil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as archil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various lecanoras that yield the dye archil
  • n. a purplish dye obtained from orchil lichens

Etymologies

Middle English orchell, ultimately from Old Catalan orxella, perhaps of Mozarabic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.