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Any of several scale insects of the family Dactylopiidae, especially Dactylopius coccus, that feed on prickly pear cacti and range from the southwest United States to Central America.
any of various scale insects, of the family Dactylopiidae, that feed on cactus and have a bright red body fluid used as a dye.
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|Noun||1.||cochineal insect - 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