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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koch-uh-neel, koh-chuh-, koch-uh-neel, koh-chuh-]
    • /ˌkɒtʃ əˈnil, ˌkoʊ tʃə-, ˈkɒtʃ əˌnil, ˈkoʊ tʃə-/
    • /ˌkɒtʃ.ɪˈniːl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koch-uh-neel, koh-chuh-, koch-uh-neel, koh-chuh-]
    • /ˌkɒtʃ əˈnil, ˌkoʊ tʃə-, ˈkɒtʃ əˌnil, ˈkoʊ tʃə-/

Definitions of cochineal word

  • uncountable noun cochineal Cochineal is a red substance that is used for colouring food. 3
  • noun cochineal a Mexican homopterous insect, Dactylopius coccus, that feeds on cacti 3
  • noun cochineal a crimson substance obtained from the crushed bodies of these insects, used for colouring food and for dyeing 3
  • noun cochineal the colour of this dye 3
  • noun cochineal (as adjective) 3
  • noun cochineal a red dye made from the dried bodies of female cochineal insects: used, esp. formerly, in coloring foods, cosmetics, etc. 3

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Origin of cochineal

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
1575-85; < Middle French cochinille < Spanish cochinilla the insect; of obscure origin; perhaps to be identified with Spanish cochinilla sow bug (assuming a likeness between it and the female cochineal insect), diminutive of cochina sow, but chronology is doubtful

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Parts of speech for Cochineal


cochineal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for cochineal

noun cochineal

  • coloring — The coloring of something is the color or colors that it is.
  • colouring — The colouring of something is the colour or colours that it is.
  • dye — a coloring material or matter.
  • food additive — additive (def 4).
  • additive — An additive is a substance which is added in small amounts to foods or other things in order to improve them or to make them last longer.

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