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Variant of annatto.


(əˈnætəʊ) or


n, pl -tos
(Plants) a variant spelling of annatto
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The Custom-House marker imprinted it, with a stencil and black paint, on pepper-bags, and baskets of anatto, and cigar-boxes, and bales of all kinds of dutiable merchandise, in testimony that these commodities had paid the impost, and gone regularly through the office.
Curdled, stirred, drained and bathed in brine, the crust has a touch of anatto to give it a distinctive orange tint.
annatto; arnatto; anatto (all the same color--a yellowish red or a reddish yellow, depending on the dictionary)
And in former UK colony St Lucia, bananas--in the heyday of preferential European markets called "yellow gold"--are used as the base for, among other things, ketchup of the yellow variety marketed by Baron Foods and of the more familiar variety by Viking Traders, reddened by the anatto (NOTE--SPELLING CORRECT) seed.
From a distance this hard cheese bears a resemblance to a melon slice, having a brown skin and bright orange colour created by the natural colourant anatto.