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cochineal

Pronunciation: kotch'i-nel'

Definition: The dried female insects, Coccus cacti, enclosing the young larvae, or the dried female insect, Dactylopius coccus, containing eggs and larvae, from which coccinellin is obtained; used as a red coloring agent and a stain.

See: carmine

Synonym(s): coccinella, coccus2

[O.Sp. cochinilla, wood louse, fr. G. kokkinos, berry]

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