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  • A species of insects (Dactylopius coccus).
  • A vivid red dye made from the bodies of cochineal insects.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Coch"i*neal (k&obreve;ch"&ibreve;*nēl; 277), [Sp. cochinilla, dim. from L. coccineus, coccinus, scarlet, fr. coccum the kermes berry, G. ko`kkos berry, especially the kermes insect, used to dye scarlet, as the cochineal was formerly supposed to be the grain or seed of a plant, and this word was formerly defined to be the grain of the Quercus coccifera; but cf. also Sp. cochinilla wood louse, dim. of cochina sow, akin to F. cochon pig.] 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.

&fist; These insects are gathered from the plant, killed by the application of heat, and exposed to the sun to dry. When dried they resemble small, rough berries or seeds, of a brown or purple color, and form the cochineal of the shops, which is used for making carmine, and also as a red dye.

&fist; Cochineal contains as its essential coloring matter carminic acid, a purple red amorphous substance which yields carmine red.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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