from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A red or yellowish-red dyeing material, prepared from the pulp surrounding the seeds of a tree (Bixa orellana) belonging to the tropical regions of America. It is used for coloring cheese, butter, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as arnotto.
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The bush which provides it is called the annotto or annatto.
_Orange: _ -- For one pound goods, annotto one pound, soda one pound; repeat as desired.
_Salmon: _ -- For each pound of goods, one-fourth pound of annotto, one-fourth pound of soap; rinse the goods well in warm water, put them into mixture and boil one-half hour.
This was a famous plant -- _Bixa orellana Roucou_; and that pulp was the well-known annotto dye of commerce.
Elizabeth in Minnesota is a self-proclaimed "cheesegirl", and teaches us a thing or two about annotto.
"natural" flavors dyes number 40, 2, 6 and 1 tumeric color zinc oxide annotto color added vitamins and minerals.
"Why, they are colored with annotto, to save an egg, and annotto is adulterated with chromates that are poison.