Meaning of cochineal


Pronunciation: (koch"u-nēl', kō"chu-, koch'u-nēl", kō'chu-), [key]
— n.
  1. a red dye prepared from the dried bodies of the females of the cochineal insect, Dactylopius coccus, which lives on cactuses of Mexico, Central America, and other warm regions.
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