Definition of Cochineal insect
1. Noun. Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye.
Generic synonyms: Scale Insect
Group relationships: Dactylopius, Genus Dactylopius
Lexicographical Neighbors of Cochineal Insect
Literary usage of Cochineal insect
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Natural History of Insects by James Rennie, John Obadiah Westwood (1833)
"Parasitical Insects—Gall-Insect—Cochineal-Insect—The Scarlet Colour used in Dyeing. WE shall now proceed to the habits and instincts of a class of insects ..."
2. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William Buck Dana (1858)
"The cochineal insect resembles a plump rose-bug when dried. ... Thus the cochineal insect, or bug of the cactus plant, is employed to put the artificial ..."
3. An Inglorious Columbus, Or, Evidence that Hwui Shăn and a Party of Buddhist by Edward Payson Vining (1885)
"... and Asiatic tribes—Pearl-fishing—The cochineal insect and the nopal—The people of Cophene—American place- names which appear to contain the name Sakya. ..."
4. Journey to Ararat by Friedrich Parrot, William Desborough Cooley (1846)
"The Ford of the Araxes.—Character of the Plain.—Traces of the Deluge.—The Black water.—The cochineal insect.—The Dye, how procured.—The Nests. ..."
5. South Australia: Its History, Resources, and Productions by William Harcus (1876)
"Till the year 1725, the breeding of the cochineal insect was entirely confined to Mexico; and the Government, with the strictest care, kept it secret; ..."