Definition of Cochineal

1. Noun. A red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects.

Generic synonyms: Dye, Dyestuff



2. Noun. Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye.
Exact synonyms: Cochineal Insect, Dactylopius Coccus
Generic synonyms: Scale Insect
Group relationships: Dactylopius, Genus Dactylopius

Definition of Cochineal

1. Noun. A species of insect (''Dactylopius coccus''). ¹

2. Noun. A vivid red dye made from the bodies of cochineal insects. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cochineal

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Medical Definition of Cochineal

1. 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 colouring agent and a stain. See: carmine. Synonym: coccinella, coccus. Origin: O.Sp. Cochinilla, wood louse, fr. G. Kokkinos, berry (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cochineal

cochairperson
cochairpersons
cochairs
cochairwoman
cochairwomen
cochampion
cochampions
cochannel
cochaperone
cochaperones
cochaperonin
cochaperonins
coches
cochin
cochin china
cochineal (current term)
cochineal fig
cochineal figs
cochineal insect
cochineals
cochins
cochlea
cochleae
cochlear
cochlear aqueduct
cochlear area
cochlear branch of labyrinthine artery
cochlear canal
cochlear canaliculus
cochlear diseases

Literary usage of Cochineal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1863)
"cochineal. sively used for dyeing and the preparation of pigments. The cochineal insect lire« on various plant« of the genus Opuntia, especially on the ..."

2. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1912)
"The first variety is usually prepared by allowing one part of cochineal to stand in a ... Ammoniacal cochineal dyes much bluer shades than cochineal itself, ..."

3. Experimental Researches Concerning the Philosophy of Permanent Colours: And by Edward Bancroft (1814)
"Of the Properties and Uses of cochineal; with an account of new Observations and Experiments calculated to improve the Scarlet Dye. ..."

4. Animal Micrology: Practical Exercises in Zoölogical Micro-technique by Michael Frederic Guyer (1917)
"The alum-cochineal may require 12 hours or more for staining. ... Stain in alum-cochineal for from 6 to 12 hours, or until the sections are well colored. 3. ..."

5. Pharmaceutical Journal by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1844)
"ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF cochineal IN THE TREATMENT OF HOOPING-COUGH., DR. ... The following is his manner of exhibiting the remedy : Take of cochineal, ..."

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