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 (kŏch′ə-nēl′, kŏch′ə-nēl′, kō′chə-, kō′chə-)
1. A red colorant, whose primary constituent is carminic acid, that is made of the dried and pulverized bodies of female cochineal insects and is used to color food and cosmetics.
2. A vivid red.

[French cochenille, from Spanish cochinilla, cochineal insect, probably from Vulgar Latin *coccinella, from feminine diminutive of Latin coccinus, scarlet, from Greek kokkinos, from kokkos, seed, grain, dried female kermes insect (used in making scarlet dye), of unknown origin.]

coch′i·neal′ adj.


(ˌkɒtʃɪˈniːl; ˈkɒtʃɪˌniːl)
1. (Animals) Also called: cochineal insect a Mexican homopterous insect, Dactylopius coccus, that feeds on cacti
2. (Cookery) a crimson substance obtained from the crushed bodies of these insects, used for colouring food and for dyeing
3. (Dyeing) a crimson substance obtained from the crushed bodies of these insects, used for colouring food and for dyeing
4. (Colours)
a. the colour of this dye
b. (as adjective): cochineal shoes.
[C16: from Old Spanish cochinilla, from Latin coccineus scarlet-coloured, from coccum cochineal kermes, from Greek kokkos kermes berry]


(ˌkɒtʃ əˈnil, ˌkoʊ tʃə-, ˈkɒtʃ əˌnil, ˈkoʊ tʃə-)

a red dye prepared from the dried bodies of the females of the cochineal insect, Dactylopius coccus, which lives on cactuses of warm regions.
[1575–85; < Middle French cochinille < Sp cochinilla the insect; of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cochineal - a red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
2.cochineal - Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacticochineal - Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye
scale insect - small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering
Dactylopius, genus Dactylopius - type genus of the Dactylopiidae


[ˈkɒtʃɪniːl] Ncochinilla f


[ˌkɒtʃɪˈniːl] n (= food colouring) → colorant m rouge


n (= insect, colouring)Koschenille f
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cochineal is Best animal dye material that alone, in combination with herbal colors, getting the different light colory shades from it.
Cactus juice is used in plaster and the cochineal insects that are drawn to the plants have long been a source of red dye.
The reason for this unusual colour preference, compared to the rest of India, may be due to the fact that local indigo was mixed with the rare, intense pink of the cochineal insect that arrived in India from the Americas via the sea route.
And from the American desert Southwest, those dazzling reds and fuchsias are made from cochineal, a parasite that lives on cactus.