- 1.1 countable/numerable (insect) cochinilla (feminine)More example sentences1.2 uncountable/no numerable (dye) cochinilla (feminine), carmín (masculine)
- 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.
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