noun. Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye.
noun. a red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects.
1. Adjective If many people grow cactuses in your area, it may be almost impossible to prevent all infestations of cochineal scale. 2. Noun, singular or mass Also common in the American Southwest as well as Mexico is the cochineal, frequently used for dyes for clothing and cosmetics.