Definition of cochineal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒtʃɪˈniːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːtʃəniːl//
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a bright red substance used to give colour to food Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French cochenille or Spanish cochinilla, from Latin coccinus ‘scarlet’, from Greek kokkos ‘berry’ (the insect bodies were mistaken for grains or berries).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cochineal