Meaning of annatto


Pronunciation: (u-nat'ō, u-nä'tō), [key]
— pl. -tos.
  1. a small tree, Bixa orellana, of tropical America.
  2. a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp enclosing the seeds of this tree, used for coloring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc.
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