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orchil

Line breaks: or¦chil
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːtʃɪl
 
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Definition of orchil in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] A 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 orchil is produced.

Origin

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

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