Definición de cochineal en inglés:

cochineal

Silabificación: coch·i·neal
Pronunciación: /ˈkäCHəˌnēəl, ˈkō-
 
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sustantivo

  • 1A scarlet dye used chiefly for coloring food.
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    • The same options were available for dyeing the wool or cotton, which could be achieved at home using dyes such as cochineal and indigo.
    • Traditional red colouring includes kermes and cochineal, both of which are pigments made by crushing masses of tiny insects.
    • The most common animal dye was cochineal, a crimson colour which came from cactus eating insects, of which 17,000 were needed to produce one single ounce of dye.
  • 1.1The dried bodies of a female scale insect, which are crushed to yield cochineal dye.
  • 1.2A dye similar to cochineal made from the oak kermes insect (see kermes).
  • 2 (cochineal insect) The scale insect that is used for cochineal, native to Mexico and formerly widely cultivated on cacti.
    • Dactylopius coccus, family Dactylopiidae, suborder Homoptera
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    • The brightly-coloured snack contains a red dye processed from the dried body of the female cochineal insect, collected in central America.
    • The kermes was expensive and the abundant cochineal insect could be used to make a cheap substitute.
    • Farmed, harvested, and dried by natives on small family plots, cochineal insects helped color the silks and wools of Hapsburg royalty.

Origen

late 16th century: from French cochenille or Spanish cochinilla, from Latin coccinus 'scarlet', from Greek kokkos 'berry' (because the insect bodies were originally mistaken for grains or berries). Compare with coccus and kermes.

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