Definitions

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

  • n. A tropical American evergreen shrub or small tree (Bixa orellana), having heart-shaped leaves and showy, rose-pink or sometimes white flowers. Also called lipstick tree.
  • n. The seed of this plant, used as a coloring and sometimes as a flavoring, especially in Latin American cuisine.
  • n. A yellowish-red dyestuff obtained from the seed aril of this plant, used especially to dye fabric and to color food products such as margarine and cheese.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tropical American evergreen shrub, Bixa orellana; the lipstick tree.
  • n. The seed of this tree used as a colouring or in Latin American cooking.
  • n. An orange-red dye obtained from this seed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as arnotto.

Etymologies

Of Cariban origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Seeds used in South American and Caribbean cooking.

    February 6, 2007