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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; A red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female insects that feed on cacti.

Usage examples (34)
  • They'd been growing something called cochineal, which is a-- it was a kind of a-- a bug that grows on
  • The rich red dye is made from an insect called a cochineal which lives on cactus.
  • The cochineal is a parasite of cacti of the genus opuntia, from which it has been harvested in South America since pre-Columbian times.
  • The small parasitic insects from which this dye was obtained somewhat resembled the cochineal which is found in Eastern countries. for more
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