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cochineal insect

any of various small red scale insects of the family Dactylopiidae, related to the mealybugs and characterized by an oval segmented body with white waxy plates and short legs and antennae: the source of cochineal.
Origin of cochineal insect
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here the cactas is grown for the sake of the cochineal insect.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • It is in this membranous cradle that the larv of the cochineal insect are born.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The cactus is cultivated for the production of the cochineal insect.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • The cochineal insect is indigenous here, and is found upon the Cactus opuntia.

  • Carmine, kr′mīn, n. the red colouring principle obtained from the cochineal insect.

  • In hot climates, in which the cochineal insect delights, it has been preserved, and is cultivated as an article of commerce.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • It is the colour of the dye produced from the dried bodies of the cochineal insect (Coccus cacti).

  • The circumstances attending the birth of the cochineal insect are very curious.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • In Mexico we have the cochineal insect, which is a scale bug that lives on a cactus that grows in Mexico.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • The cochineal insect, which feeds on the leaves of the prickly pear, is cultivated for its brilliant dye.

    Spain Wentworth Webster

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