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orchil Syllabification: or·chil
Pronunciation: /ˈôrkəl/

Definition of orchil in English:


1A red or violet dye obtained from certain lichens, used as a source of litmus, orcinol, and other pigments.
Example sentences
  • He paints women with coloured earth, mud, carbon powder or orchil.
2A lichen with flattened fronds from which a red or violet dye can be obtained.


Late 15th century: from Old French orcheil, related to Spanish urchilla; of uncertain origin.

Words that rhyme with orchil

strongyle • Virgil • Gaitskell
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