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[uh-nat-oh, uh-nah-toh] /əˈnæt oʊ, əˈnɑ toʊ/
noun, plural annattos.
Also called lipstick tree. a small tree, Bixa orellana, of tropical America.
Also, arnatto. a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp enclosing the seeds of this tree, used for coloring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc.
Also, anatto.
Also called achiote.
Origin of annatto
Borrowed into English from Carib around 1675-85 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tos
a small tropical American tree, Bixa orellana, having red or pinkish flowers and pulpy seeds that yield a dye: family Bixaceae
the yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulpy outer layer of the coat of the seeds of this tree, used for colouring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc
Word Origin
from Carib
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