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Noun: cochineal  ,kó-chu'neel
  1. A red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects
  2. Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye
    - cochineal insect, Dactylopius coccus

Derived forms: cochineals

Type of: dye, dyestuff, scale insect

Part of: Dactylopius, genus Dactylopius

Encyclopedia: Cochineal