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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. 2017.
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  • The cochineal insect of Mexico and Central America is solely nurtured by the native growth of cacti.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Here the cactas is grown for the sake of the cochineal insect.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • The Mexicans wove many kinds of cotton cloth, sometimes using as a dye the rich crimson of 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
  • The circumstances attending the birth of the cochineal insect are very curious.

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

  • It is in this membranous cradle that the larv of the cochineal insect are born.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The cochineal insect, which feeds on the leaves of the prickly pear, is cultivated for its brilliant dye.

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

  • The cactus is cultivated for the production of the cochineal insect.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert

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