Definition of orchil in English:

orchil

Line breaks: or¦chil
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːtʃɪl
 
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noun

  • 1 [mass noun] A red or violet dye obtained from certain lichens, used as a source of litmus, orcinol, and other pigments.
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    • He paints women with coloured earth, mud, carbon powder or orchil.
  • 2A lichen with flattened fronds from which orchil is produced.
    • Roccella (order Graphidiales) and other genera: several species, including the Mediterranean R. tinctoria, used for dyeing, and the Madagascan R. montagnei, used for litmus

Origin

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

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