from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A red dye made of the dried and pulverized bodies of female cochineal insects. It is used as a biological stain and as an indicator in acid-base titrations.
- n. A vivid red.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A species of insect (Dactylopius coccus).
- n. A vivid red dye made from the bodies of cochineal insects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A dyestuff consisting of the dried bodies of females of the Coccus cacti, an insect native in Mexico, Central America, etc., and found on several species of cactus, esp. Opuntia cochinellifera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dyestuff consisting of the dried bodies of a species of insects, the Coccus cacti, found upon several species of Opuntia and other Cactaceæ, especially O. Tuna, O. Ficus-Indica, and Nopalea cochinillifera.
- n. The insect which produces the dyestuff known by the same name. See def. 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects
- n. Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye
They'd been growing something called cochineal, which is a-- it was a kind of a-- a bug that grows on
Or, more properly, the stuff we call cochineal is a chemical extract of carminic acid from the bodies of squished female scale insects.
Red beverages -- including Campari and Tropicana Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice -- are often colored with cochineal, aka carmine, a dye derived from insects.
On the other hand, her version of the pigment known as cochineal red, a concoction made from the carapaces of a certain kind of beetle, eventually achieved an electric intensity that has almost no equal; only the Italian architect Felice della Greca, who worked in Rome in the 1650s, ever mixed cochineal red with oranges and purples in such boldly fluorescent combinations, and he drew buildings and cityscapes rather than insects, birds, and flowers.
The original goal of Pont's effort to improve a portion of the dye industry was to find an inexpensive solution that would dissolve a greater percentage of the coloring agent in cochineal.
To accomplish this, the first thing was to obtain a good red ink from the cochineal, which is crimson.
As the red paint is prepared from cochineal, which is an animal body, less if any injury arises from its use, as it only lies on the skin like other filth.
The cochineal is a parasite of cacti of the genus opuntia, from which it has been harvested in South America since pre-Columbian times.
The rich red dye is made from an insect called a cochineal which lives on cactus.
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