1A red or violet dye obtained from certain lichens, used as a source of litmus, orcinol, and other pigments.
- He paints women with coloured earth, mud, carbon powder or orchil.
Late 15th century: from Old French orcheil, related to Spanish urchilla; of uncertain origin.
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