1. cochineal

noun. Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye.


  • cochineal insect
  • Dactylopius
  • Dactylopius coccus
  • scale insect

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2. cochineal

noun. a red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects.


  • dyestuff

Sentences with cochineal

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.